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City Voices had a great turn-out yesterday for writer B J Edwards, and it has to be said I have never known the group so quiet as when listening to BJ’s story-like poems. You could have heard a pin drop, and I saw tears in the eyes of at least one member as BJ read his first poem about the death of a young wife. The final poem was a connection to the first, imagining the same couple in old age and death. In between were poems of forbidden love, the power of nature, a snapshot story of an old man seen just once and a wildly imaginative poem inspired by the image of the “Joker” in a pack of cards “The Fool and the Moon”. BJ’s poems are not short and punchy (at least at this reading) but draw you in to a space often heavily influenced by paganism and ancient landscapes “Into the Green” referencing perhaps “Jack o’the Green” or the imagery of the Green Man, that mysterious foliate head that appears in so many churches in Britain and is believed by many to be a pre-Christian fertility symbol. However, I digress! After the readings and a coffee break, BJ answered many questions from his audience about research for writing (quite different for poetry and fiction BJ feels), editing (yes when writing fiction, no for poetry) and the trials of procuring an agent. Plus there was a good deal of interest in BJ’s assistance dog Oliver, a very well-behaved black Labrador. Not least were the questions about the amazing technology on BJ’s phone that allowed a real performance reading to proceed seamlessly, and how his adult total blindness affected his writing. The meeting over-ran as so many people wanted to talk to BJ, who was once an English teacher but now actually makes a living from writing! His top tip? Get a finger in lots of pies. A fantastic meeting. BJ Edward's books are available on Amazon.
Tesserae is a collection of poems. As every potter and tile maker knows, tesserae is the name given to the little pieces of glass or tile that join together to make a mosaic. Every poem is a fragment, a piece of the picture, a little bit of the writer. Hear BJ's words, get to know them, put the pieces together. BJ says you will understand something of his soul.
Tesserae is an eclectic mix, each poem telling its own tale, each poem with a granule of mythology and mystery. From a sea monster, to an ancient British king, to spirits of the woods, an evil tree to a mock epic about dragon slaying. To love, loss, death and dreams.
There is something for everyone within its pages.
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Stone age Britain – it is a time of change; the land is restless, the climate harsh. Driven by fate, starvation and fear, the last of the Neanderthals teeter on the brink of existence, perilously balancing between life and death. In a distant valley the last clan survive, eking out a subsistence in the wilds, fighting against the elemental powers of the land.The delicate balance is torn asunder when the new men, Homo sapiens, clash violently with the ill-equipped clan. While the Neanderthals’ extinction is inevitable, they leave their mark on history: a curse of strong magic which will force change on the tribes of new men; and a boy, Dimek, a new man raised by Neanderthals, with a destiny of his own to fulfil.
Years later, now a hunt leader, Dimek must break away from his tribe’s tradition and lead his men to a new land, a land that is not cursed. Dimek, along with a shaman, warriors and hunters, set off on a journey, a journey that will change their lives forever.