'The Morris Dancers' Farewell' is about the Royton Morris Dancers, led by Jimmy Cheetham, dancing out of Royton on a Saturday Morning in 1900. The little boy centre dancer is Mark Irwin and his sisters await his return in the lamplight. It was a man's dance but a woman's artistic touch.story was told by Mark's sister Alice many years later. Alice was a grand old lady in her eighties when she told it . All the Irwin sisters helped to boil shirts, sashes, ribbons and stockings for the dancers and dressed them in the street before they danced off.
'The Hour Ahead' echoes a visit to my friends James and Jill in Toronto and remarks on time and distance a comforting hour.
I have a third piece in dialect prose which makes fun of the minefield of dialect spelling and pronunciation.
I write history - I edit the Royton Local Society Newsletter and write articles on local history and grander historical themes for other outlets. I write on literature from Old English to modern. I review books from time to time.
I decided to enter the LAA competition because I like writing and had not entered the competition before as I have not been a member long. The other side of the coin is that I have to size myself up to entering them.
I have entered few other competitions before, though I have won a couple of awards in various categories for dialect societies.
I had heard of the LAA through general reading and already knew the LAA president through dialect and folk events.
I am currently writing a history of the Royton Morris Dancers. I am compiling a collection of poetry.