A Matter of Chatter
My first ever publication.
My first book and the birth of Skull 'n' Bones Publishing Ltd.
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“I chatter, chatter as I flow to join the brimming river, for men may come and men may go, but I go on forever.”
From ‘The Brook’ by Lord Alfred Tennyson.
Born from my love of children’s nursery rhymes, A Matter of Chatter is an eclectic collection of rhymes, poetry and nonsense for children which I first wrote and published in 1995.
My piece, ‘Hey Dum Dum Rook’ was inspired by ‘The Cat and the Fiddle’, the earliest printed version of this poem being written in 1765, and which is now better known as ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. ‘Where The Peppers Went’, is my response to the tongue twisting, rhyming question posed by Leon Rosselson in 1819 when he asked in his book called, Peter Piper’s practical principals of pronunciation, “Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?” Whilst my rhyming verse, ‘Royal Mayhem’, like its predecessors, The Grand Old Duke of York and Humptey Dumptey, is a satirical, historic commentary and Two Muddle Some and several other pieces in this book, were inspired by the complete nonsense of Edward Lear.
I hope my humble offerings will endure the test of time, and like those before them, in some little way, help to keep the tradition of nursery rhymes alive.