“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/

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7 Responses to ““We got us a Convoy” …”

  1. Carol Barac Says:

    hear hear! I do have a few photos of Caroline reading

    • judimoore Says:

      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?

  2. Caroline Says:

    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.

    • judimoore Says:

      Thank you, Caroline. And who are the Hon Co of Master Mariners? They sound very venerable.

  3. Caroline Says:

    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’

    • judimoore Says:

      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.

  4. Caroline Davies’ Convoy | peony moon Says:

    […] blog, Advancing Poetry.       Ruth Downie interviews Caroline.    Judi Moore writes about Convoy’s launch.   Vanessa Gebbie interviews Caroline.    Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn interviews Caroline.    […]

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