A poetic legacy – from Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape #books

Thank you Sue for this wonderful opportunity to talk about Mum’s recently published book ‘My Vibrating Vertebrae: and other poems’.

Before I do though, I’d also like to thank two other special people:

My little sister, Lorna, for finding, compiling and typing all Mum’s poems she could find before sending them to me for further action. I know this was a true labour of love for her.

My lovely author friend and editor, Jo Robinson, for doing such a great job of arranging, editing and formatting Mum’s poems while maintaining Mum’s ‘Voice’ – Not the easiest of things to do, especially when not familiar with some of the Ulster / Scots terminology used by everyone in Mum’s home town, even I struggle with it sometimes and I lived there for 27 years before leaving for other lands and climes.

See details of what Author Support Services Jo offers in the video below, or click on the link above.

About the Author, Agnes Mae Graham:

Mae, as she preferred to be known, was raised to believe that only though getting a good education and working hard would there be any possibility of getting anywhere or anything and applied this throughout her own life, and taught her two children to do the same.

Mae was always a prodigious reader. When I was old enough to go by myself (about 8 or 9 years old), I was sent off to the local library at least once a week to search out books for her to read. Murder/Mysteries being her favourite.

The Librarians soon got used to this little boy going to the CHILDRENS BOOKS SECTION to get some books, then wandering through the BOOKS FOR ADULTS ONLY to get even more books, often borrowing the stepladders on wheels to reach the high shelves.

However, I never realised she was also writing until my sister told me about the poems.

As soon as I read them, I agreed that they needed to be published.

Every poem has meaning and tells a little story about something Mum cared about or wanted to remember.

One example of this can be seen in her poem The Antrim Coast Road which describes a bicycle trip from her hometown Larne to a village called Waterfoot, a distance of 22 miles (then back again of course)

Here are some screenshots from Google Maps to show you the route and what Mum would have seen and heard on that journey – I wish I could include the fresh salty sea air smells as well:

It is with great pleasure that I present Mum’s book to you:




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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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49 Responses to A poetic legacy – from Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape #books

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Yet again I thanks Sue for this great opportunity to talk about Mum’s Book and give a flavour of the sights and sounds of one poem πŸ˜€
    See the videos on Sue’s blog post πŸ˜€


  2. Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:
    Here’s some more from Chris Graham on My Vibrating Vertebrae and a fabulous video to give you a proper feel for the place – WONDERFUL!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. olganm says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and all the best to Chris and his family. It’s a great project and I’m sure she’d be so happy…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sue Vincent hosts Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape as he talks about his mum’s poetry and the wonderful collection that he has just published in tribute to her.

    Liked by 1 person

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  6. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic seeing Chris featured here with this lovely book. I enjoyed the video, adding to the feel of the book. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  7. What a delightful post, Sue and Chris. Huge hugs to you both. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Judy Martin says:

    Reblogged this on Edwina's Episodes and commented:
    I can’t wait to start reading my copy of the book. It is going to be a real treat for me.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. macjam47 says:

    My copy arrived list week. I can’t wait to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

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