It is my honour to pay tribute to one of the dearest writer friends I have known: Stanley Middleton. Today, Thursday 1st August 2019, marks the centenary of his birth and a plaque will be unveiled by Penny, one of Stanley Middleton’s daughters, on the house in Caledon Road, Sherwood which was their family home for over forty eight years. Shoestring Press are also publishing today a fine selection of his poems, Poetry and Old Age, edited by Philip Davis, at Sherwood Library (Mansfield Road/Spondon Street).Some of us will be reading poems and talking about Stanley at Sherwood Library, a place he visited almost every week, from 11.30am before we walk over to 42 Caledon Road for the plaque unveiling at 1pm. It should be a a very fitting comemoration. Join us if you can.
You can read my tribute to him here and below is a recording of the poem Caledon Ceremonies which I wrote for his eightieth birthday.
The Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website also includes other specially written pieces to mark Stanley Middleton: A Centenary by John Lucas, David Belbin, his daughters Penny and Sarah, Lee Stuart Evans, Catharine Arnold and Stephen Lowe.