Here at Beyond The Woods we’re keen supporters of the arts in all their forms. This week we spoke to local poet Tom Davies about his forthcoming poetry book, Jobs For Beluga Whales.
Hi Tom. Tell us a bit more about this project
For the last few weeks I’ve been inviting friends to send me subjects to write about on Instagram, and I’ve been turning them into poems. It’s been really good fun, and I’ve decided to take my favourites and turn them into my very first poetry book.
I think the technical term might be an anthology?
Am I right in thinking that this poetry book will be raising money for charity?
That’s correct, yes! 100% of profits will be going to two very important good causes:
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people living in poverty. Astonishingly, that’s more than 14 million people in the UK, including more than 4 million children.
They also campaign to end the structural inequalities in our society which mean that food banks, sadly, are still a necessity in 2020.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. They carry out invaluable work in helping people who are suffering, one way or another, as a result of often very serious conditions.
Having witnessed first-hand the impact eating disorders can have, it means an enormous amount to me that we’re able to help Beat support others who are struggling.
How did the idea for this come about?
Basically, I was matched with a very nice lady on tinder. I wanted to impress her with my quick wit, so I invited her to send me a subject, which I could turn into a deep and meaningful poem.
She obviously hated it, because I haven’t heard from her since.
How can people reading this interview help?
My brilliant team and I are trying to raise £1,000 through crowdfunding to cover the costs of printing the book.
So far we’ve raised more than £700 in just under a week! People have been really generous, and we’re really grateful for your support.
Once we’ve raised £1,000, any extra money will go to our chosen charities. Of course, 100% of the money raised from selling the book will also be donated to our good causes.
If you’d like to donate, please take a look at our indiegogo fundraising page.
If you can’t donate, which is totally understandable, sharing the link with your friends on social media would be enormously helpful!
Finally, any chance of a sneak preview?
Sure, here’s a poem called The 2019 Cockapoo Calendar Which Still Remains On The Wall In 2020. It was a subject submitted by my friend Louis:
My 2019 calendar
Is very much still on the wall
Next to the door in the kitchen where
Very little has changed at all
The pans are still stacked on the draining board
The washing still out on the line
In the bathroom I’ve still got the radio on
It’s been going a very long time
What explains this unusual state of affairs?
Why is everything still in its place?
Well approximately 18 months ago
Someone shot me in the face
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