A prodigious village poet who is releasing his 29th book of verse next weekend is set to embark on his first world tour.
Tam Craven (63), from Lennoxtown, will be at Candleriggs Market on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, signing copies of his new collection - entitled ‘Talcum Pooder O’er M’Shooder’.
It features many of the funniest poems from his 15 year career, and is the first book Tam has published in hardback.
The title poem concerns a subject familiar to many residents of Kirkintilloch.
Tam explained: “It’s about going to the dancing at the Kirky Miners when I was 20 or 21 years old.
“Writing it certainly brought back a few memories.”
In January Tam will be packing up his books and heading off for a globe-trotting voyage to take his work to a whole new audience - visiting a number of cities including Vancouver, Toronto, Perth and Brisbane.
It’s just the latest chapter in a journey which started with a life-threatening accident.
Tam was working as a bricklayer in June 1987 when he fell 22 feet from a scaffold in Campsie Glen.
He suffered a fractured skull and knee, broken ribs and a punctured lung and was forced to give up work, replacing all he had lost with a new-found talent for poetry.
He explained: “The accident was both the worst and the best thing that could have happened to me.
“I suppose some things are just meant to happen.”
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