Blogging is brilliant – I write about anything that I find interesting, news, reviews, pieces about people I meet and some of my poems. I also add lots of photography, home spun philosophy and visits to interesting places around Brighton and London. Gradually a readership came out of nowhere.
I’ve made contact with people all over the world. The photo on the left is of me on a good day, on the right a Brighton sunset.
Like most writers I know how difficult it is to keep motivated which is another reason I love blogging.
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‘Don’t Throw Away the Daisies’ my first colletction of poetry is available in City Books 23 WESTERN ROAD, HOVE. TEL: 01273 725306 • and the Open Art Cafe in Nevill Road Rottingdean
Or available on line with Lulu. Illustrations in black and white at £6.99 or on Amazon with colour illustrations.
John McCullough ‘Ann’s poetry covers the big topics of love and death with originality and satisfies the reader’s heart as well as their head. Take for instance the title poem which is full of surprises yet also wonderfully poignant. The energy of her work leaves you feeling revitalized and seeing the world afresh’.
Kiersty Boon says – ‘This collection of poems, fully illustrated by the author, is a wonderful journey from a magical childhood of puppets and seaside towns. The delicacy of the difficult stages of life and memories experienced are offset with humorous anecdotes and magical tales for young and old alike’ -Kiersty Boon, poet and author.
Illustrations from colour version at £18 only avilable from Amazon and due to the cost of colour printing.
The West Pier – pen and ink – Robin – oil on heavy paper.
Ann’s writing background
No one I knew ever expected to earn a living as a writer or a poet, it was something one did in one’s spare time and that’s what I did. However I had some success as a freelance journalist and was accepted as a member of the Society of Woman and Writers and Journalists.
Occasionally I have sent poems to anyone I thought might be interested. I once had a piece published in the Sunday Times, later in Compact and in three issues of Writing News. I have been on lots of courses but the idea of getting published was seldom, if ever, mentioned. OK I was learning to write but later I found it a very closed shop!
In older age I have nothing to lose and sometimes call myself the Beach Hut Poet because we bought one twenty five years ago and I still have it. https://annperrinspoetry.wordpress.com/
Some of my poems are on a podcast https://annperrinpoetry.wordpress.com/ it was an experiment last year
‘Best blow your own trumpet because no one else will’ as my old granny used to say.
2012 Winner of a poetry competition judged by New Writing South at the Hatchery in Hove.
2013 One of my poems was listed in The Bridport Prize comp. The same year I was on the longlist for a poetry pamphlet with Cinnamon Press
2015 I was lucky enough to get a mini residency in Postman’s Park in the City of London courtesy of the Poetry School and The London Parks and Garden Trust.
I have been part of the open mics at Pighog. I read at the Troubadour in Brompton Road as part of their themed nights. I also read at the House of Vans, Waterloo for the ‘Talking Peace Festival’ where I was one of 16 poets involved in the Poetry School and The London Parks and Gardens Trust residency programme. It was lovely to hear some of the very different poems from the other participants. There is a compilation of one poem from each poet on the Poetry School’s website.
I’ve just completed a new poetry book called ‘A Puppeteer’s Daughter’ – I am fortunate to have had some mentoring for it from John McCullough and encouragement from Anne-Marie Fyfe and Tim Dooley.
Currently I don’t have many of my own poems on this site, as once a poem is on a blog it is not eligible to enter a competition or for publication.
Autobiographical details that will never get into a memoir because life is too short!
I’ve lived in Brighton for short periods of my life but was born in London in the blitz with a cleft palate and could not talk clearly for several years. As the daughter of puppeteers we lived in Highgate but I spent much of my life helping with our shows at private parties and in seaside towns.
As an adult I was in Variety touring sometimes with the likes of Hylda Baker, appearing on the same bill as Max Miller, Morecambe and Wise and Alma Cogan. I worked on the TV series ‘The Telegoons’ and with the whole family and our marionettes for the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ on Brighton’s West Pier.
I later married, had two wonderful sons, became a single parent and worked studied and developed a new career in teaching. Later I retrained in therapy.
Moving to the South Coast
In 2012, traumatised about losing my mother, who went into hospital for a minor operation and died I moved to the the South Coast with my partner.
I did a course at Sussex Uni in creative writing.
I drifted into running puppet workshops in a local library, eventually tried standup comedy with Jill Edwards and even managed to get into New Acts Night at the Komedia.
Later I conserved our family collection of marionettes. Some of these are on display in The Grange Art Gallery and Museum in Rottingdean.
My partner took up playing musical instruments once again.
The New Allotment on the Weald
Another lucky break in retirement was getting a tiny allotment plot even if it had taken three years on the waiting list. Basically it was a muddy field with an abandoned pond, but to us it was a new lease of life.
Film making – I have always been a keen amateur film maker
Virginia Woolf’s garden.
‘The Hole in the Wall’ from the sublime to the ridiculous but I am rather fond of this film which is of a picture book for children I once made. It jumped through several hoops with Oxford University Press years ago but in the end the editor who was interested left and the idea was dropped.
Films associated with our marionettes please click on.
Alice in Wonderland – The following film was the first and hardest one to make. It is my favourite and was made a couple of years before my mother died She had climbed up into the loft of my house in South London to operate some of the characters in her late 70s. The boat scene in the garden was a labour of love and took forever.
Puppet circus on youtube
A reconstruction based on our popular puppet circus from the 50s and 60s but without the famous clowns’ repartee which was never recorded.
A circus was always part of our show that once included a strong man and an acrobat on a horse. We once had the honour of performing for the Queen at her first children’s party after the war at Buckingham Palace in 1952.
A taste of our circus – please click on the following link
A dedicated website for our marionette making and performance developed with my youngest son Paul 15 years ago.
please click on the link http://www.puppethouse.co.uk/
Our marionette collection has puppets we have made and performed with from 1949. The clowns, musicians, characters from ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Please click on https://annperrin.wordpress.com/puppethouse/ for a museum update
In 2013 – As part of their commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War BBC South East filmed the conservation of the marionettes and interviewed me about my family’s role in performing with them in the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’. We all went to the Duke of York’s Cinema for a special showing of the original film.
There are artifacts and posters from the various films, the car made by Emett, a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . I know because I have been setting up our contribution with the dedicated and creative Marcus Bagshaw, the curator at the Grange, and had a quick preview of the wonderful things which will be on display.
As a therapist I made the following tape to give to clients suffering from stress. It has been used many times for relaxation and is also worth trying for pain control. I call it Self Hypnosis for Positive Health – there are two options -you can close your eyes and just listen, or watch the images that I added recently..
Qualifications – One O’level, Teaching Certificate, BA with the OU, MSc in Life Course Development from Birkbeck, Counselling qualifications and Hypnotherapy and I am a Master Practitioner in NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming for what that is worth!
General family support Alan my long suffering partner who often proof reads my posts (you can usually tell when he doesn’t) Robin my eldest son who has a sports massage practice in Biggin Hill, is a racquetball coach and regularly gives sensible advice. Paul my youngest son who has an IT company in Brighton and gives me all technical support I need for all my websites. I have two lovely daughters in law and three grandchildren. I seldom mention any of my family on blogs unless I ask them if it is OK so say something as I respect their need for privacy.
End o story Ann