“We got us a Convoy” …

So, me hearties, last night we foregathered in the forecastle (possibly) of HQS Wellington to launch Caroline Davies excellent book of poetry entitled ‘Convoy’. It deals mainly with the siege of Malta by the Axis Powers during WWII* and also with the homefront in Wales, and has as its foundation Caroline’s grandfather’s war and her mother’s memories of it.

Jan Fortune, who is  Cinnamon Press – ‘Convoy’s’ publisher – left  her Welsh eyrie to spearhead the event. Vanessa Gebbie (author of ‘The Coward’s Tale’, published by Bloomsbury) acted as compere and interviewer for the occasion, leading Caroline to appropriate points in the collection for a reading. I suppose I ought to declare an interest in that I had a hand in the Blurb on the back of the book. But I don’t write blurbs for just anyone. Dear me, no.

The reading was splendid. Caroline’s delivery suited the poems so well: slightly puzzled, slightly sad, slightly worn, slightly toughened by experience.

Mr Caroline (!) took many photos. I hope I may be able to lay hands on one or two and if I can I’ll post them here.

How delightful it was to be bobbing gently up and down on the Thames. Strange how much easier it was to get off the ship than get onto it. It may have been that the very nice wine imbibed counteracted the roll of the ship. Or it may have been that the tide had come in. I believe it was the latter. But I won’t argue with the former.

I had to ask what HQS stood for and was told, with a touch of asperity ‘Headquarters Ship’. I didn’t have the nerve to ask ‘headquarters of what?’ – so if anyone knows do put me straight  below.

*(anyone who doesn’t understand that acronym should write immediately to Mr Gove with intimations of support).

If you want to know more about Caroline Davies her blog is here: http://advancingpoetry.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/his-last-letter.html

And if you think you might like a copy of ‘Convoy’ a link to the excellent Cinnamon Press (its publisher) is here : http://www.cinnamonpress.com/convoy/

Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

7 thoughts on ““We got us a Convoy” …

    1. Brilliant, Carol – if you’re happy for me to post them to support this post send them to me and I’ll add them – with attribution, of course. It was very pleasant gossiping in our Amen Corner while the evening worked up to Caroline’s reading, wasn’t it?


  1. Thank you very much Judi for the mention on your blog and for your company on Monday. The Wellington is the headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a most splendid ship. Well worth a visit for anyone who can come to London especially as there is currently an exhibition (free of charge) about the Atlantic convoys.


  2. Hello Judi

    The Hon Co of Master Mariners are indeed venerable. The company goes back to the 1920s. In order to become the captain of a merchant ship you needed to have obtained your masters ‘ticket’


    1. I’m a bit surprised to learn that the Hon Company of Master Mariners ONLY goes back to the 1920s – I somehow thought of them as associated with the clipper ships. I daresay it was a long haul to get a Master’s certificate. Many years of long hours in all weathers.


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