Sunday, 28 June 2015




My memory was wiped away by my first stroke at the age of thirty, but over the years, little snippets have emerged from dormant and damaged braincells. I still cannot remember my schooldays or the friends from my youth, but word-by-word, line-by-line I have reconstructed the poem I learned in my teens, or at least, the first half a dozen verses. 


Four years ago, I started to write poetry. I have a favourite, but I couldn't recite it, or any other of my work as they seem to pay but a fleeting visit in my mind, yet that poem, The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes is here to stay. Even two more strokes haven't taken it away!


This poem is called Russet Leaves and is one in my Poetry Compilation available from Amazon.


Russet Leaves 


©2013 Philip Catshill

When that old chestnut shed russet leaves
And the sycamore golden brown,
Though autumn chilled my reddened cheek
And cold my fingers numbed,
I took my Granddad's homemade rake
And set about the chore.
Granddad watched from a rocking chair
And when the job was done,
He said, "Let's not burn them yet a while,
For the critters will make a home."


When that old chestnut shed russet leaves
And the sycamore golden brown
With tears of mourning on his cheek
To his grief succumbed.
My father bought a stiff wire rake.
And set about the chore.
No one watched from the rocking chair
But when the job was done
I said, "Don't bag them up yet a while,
For the critters will need a home."

When that old chestnut shed russet leaves
And the sycamore golden brown
From the havoc beetles reek
They to death succumbed.
The bark began to peel and flake
Tree fellers had the chore.
Alone I watched from rocking chair
And when the trees were gone
I left the leaves to lie a while
For the critters to use as home.



Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Without ceremony, without ado, I slipped my latest novel onto Amazon as an e-book for Kindle this morning.

The Flower Angel is a disturbing read and centres around a girl named Angela, whose heroin-addicted mother sold her into child prostitution.
A childhood pregnancy results in Angela or Angel being placed in foster-care. Despite medical records showing she underwent an abortion, Angel is convinced her baby survives. Encouraged by her social-worker, Angel returns to her mother's flower shop. Police become interested by an increasing incidence of suicides among men accused of child sex crimes, especially when flowers appear at their funerals.


The Flower Angel (Amazon.co.uk)

The Flower Angel (Amazon.com)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Facebook:
Did you know if someone copies your profile picture, puts it on their own timeline and captions it with a lie or something distasteful, Facebook says
"We reviewed the photo you reported for annoying and distasteful humour and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."
OR
"We reviewed the photo you reported for harassment and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."
It has happened to me with an allegation so distasteful, I won't repeat it.
The distress this has caused has made me wonder if posting a real photograph on all these websites is actually a sensible thing to do.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

My wife is trying to buy something from a UK bookseller Website: She's having trouble and can't find a place to leave comments or even a help page, but there is a search facility so she types: "How can I contact you" ... the reply: a book entitled: "Learn to use a ouija board."

Monday, 26 January 2015

I'm still working on a few areas of my new book, The Flower Angel. I'm not sure when it will be ready for publishing.
I've had a break from writing for a few days as I've at last found the joy of LEGO. My son and grandsons seem to be addicted, so now it is my turn!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Google accounts seem to be all over the place! I set up my blog before I had a gmail address. Now I'd like this blog to "belong" to that address... oh, I'll get it working one day!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Penny for Them review:

This review is from: Penny for Them (Kindle Edition)
This fast-paced action book is full of suspense, from the first page to the last, where the crescendo, together with final twist, leave the reader gasping for breath and wanting more. This exciting, well-written book revolves around the eponymous main character, Penelope, whose tenacity and bravery gains your sympathy from the start. The reader is dragged along in this roller-coaster of a ride, with its twists and turns, willing Penny to solve the mystery before it is too late. All the elements to keep a reader interested and involved are here in this brilliant book; politics, subterfuge, intrigue, betrayal and great believable characters. PENNY FOR THEM is an excellent book which I can recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys a fast-moving plot with strong, believable characters. It had me awake late into the night wanting to know how it would all end. Fantastic!