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.
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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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