LOCKDOWN provided Paul Curran with the ideal opportunity for some pandemic-inspired poetry.
The Stratford-based professional actor and part-time delivery driver – who already has two volumes of verse under his belt – found himself on furlough and with time on his hands to dedicate to his poetry.
The result was Locked Down Lines, which while referencing Covid also aimed to help lift the spirts.
And so warmly was it received that Paul has penned not one, not two, but three separate volumes.
The first was published at the beginning of the first lockdown. A thousand copies were distributed to shops, petrol stations, Stratford Library (when it re-opened) and other venues locally. It was free with Paul suggesting a donation to the NHS.
The second volume followed soon after with the third published at Easter.
Paul – who as an actor has appeared on stage and screen in everything from Hamlet to Doctors, and on the radio in The Archers – has been delighted with the response to Locked Down Lines.
He told The Observer: “Stratford’s BAFTA winning and Laurence Olivier Award winning-actor, David Bradley, agreed to endorse the third volume, for which I am extremely grateful.
“Additionally, I was overjoyed, at the start of the year, to see that Professor Judith Buchanan, the new and first female Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford University, where I read English Literature, had chosen to quote four lines from one of my lockdown sonnets in her introductory letter for the St Peter’s College Record 2020 – alongside the work of Alexander Pope, no less!”
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