When the Boys Book Club go away for the annual trip we have, over the last few years, done some of our own writing as well as reviewing whatever the book happens to be. The year in Barcelona we had a theme of Reliance and could come up with whatever we wanted to around that theme. We hunkered down in a bar and read out our own pieces to each other, it was a special moment for me and a real highlight of the trip. It’s one thing to critique published authors, it’s quite another to have a go at something yourself over a short time-frame (we had three weeks) and reveal that to others. Phil is, alongside me, one of the earliest members of the bookclub and he wrote a beautiful piece called Roll of Honour inspired by his visits to the stunning Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red installation at the Tower of London. He has published his piece on his blog so make yourself a cup of tea and go and have a read of Roll of Honour
I’ll post a couple more of our interpretations on here hopefully over the coming week with the authors permission.