An award winning blog  for a ‘blog that brightens our day’

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.DSCF0336

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.DSCF0933

Like most writers I know how difficult it is to keep motivated which is another reason I love blogging.


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Postman’s Park

‘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.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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.

B/W mono prinIllustrations –  

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.

B/W mono printOther poetry enterprise.The Sunday Times many moons ago,  Compact, Writing News three times and  three different editions and local anthologies etc.

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 


Postman’s Park

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.

Poetry Readings

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

DSCF2082In 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.


Rottingdean’s Windmill

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.

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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.



This Alice appeared in an Ice Show in Morcambe in the late 50s

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

white clown-1

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/ 

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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

1-IMG_7779In 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.

In 2015 


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. hatch party

End o story Ann

21 Responses to About

  1. mary Marro says:

    Ann, is it possible to get a copy of the illustrated version of an Old Dry Stone Wall?
    Is it a book yet or just a Utube video?

  2. pam says:

    Ann, lovely to find your blog, it is beautifully done, and you do not look –! It must be all your talents, and your child like persona which I loved at Lumb Bank. As you know I raced away on the Friday, thus escaping my cooking session (!) and got to Switzerland, god knows how, he directed me with his clever finger, at ten that evening..my beloved poet died the next morning at 7, ————I haven’t quite got over it, September 11th too. So haven’t written a poem since, not yet, I did take my partner’s ancestral clothes etc back to Jerusalem (he was Bishop there for 33 years in 1856) and spent four weeks as a Palestine activist documenting the terrible things the israelis do to these occupied people, so I guess I moved in another direction. Keep up the good work – much love (PS: just sold three of my poetry books on Amazon! That was something…)

    • ann perrin says:

      Wow! What a story, hope you get back to your poetry eventually and make steady progress in recovering. Congrats on books. Love Ann

  3. Wendy Ogden says:

    Lovely to meet you on Sunday at Kay’s workshop. So glad I noted down your blog. So much here to enjoy! I love the artwork and the poetry seems so warm and sincere to me.

    I’ll be back for more reading but hope to see you at the next workshop in January. Let’s hope the weather is as kind.

  4. Linda Lee says:

    Dear Ann,
    Sitting between doing things feeling a bit SAD, some memories popped into my head. The Rotherhithe Workshop came up and how I pondered about the time I sent there, while not really understanding why I was there! Of course it was you who set this up after we met teaching (Lanfranc?). I did a search and was so pleased to find your website with all the wonderful creative stuff bursting out of it.

  5. annperrin says:

    Great to get nice comments and yes loved Rotherhithe Workshops, my dad worked there too for a few years. After his death found a cutting from the Standard saying he had helped set up the Brunel museum over there. In our family we never knew what the other members of the family were up to half the time!
    No idea where we met, but Lanfranc – How I loved the Head, great at supporting teachers as well as pupils.
    Got a brill film on youtube about Sands Studio, well I like it.
    Was not sure about the SAD page, only been up a month…but will keep it up.
    Take care Ann

    • Linda Lee says:

      Just to jog your memory – we had many conversations in the staffroom, then you took me with you one afternoon to the gypsy unit where IKEA now is. A few months later you found me a job with Ron at Rotherhithe! My sister remembers meeting you at a party in Elmer’s Rd where she was transfixed by your involvement with Pelham Puppets (a great favourite of hers). The Puppethouse site and history is wonderful – I had no idea at the time that Ron was master puppet-maker and along with your mother had been such leading figures in their field (no pun intended).

  6. Sue Bartlett says:

    Hi Ann

    I loved ‘Weaving Spells’; I was there in the moment with you.
    No wonder you are so creative it’s in the genes.

    Sue Bartlett

  7. Margaret Frentz says:

    Hello Ann,

    Only today, have I discovered you, your family, and your puppets!

    I have three Marlborough Wilts wooden puppets which have been stored in one of our closets for many, many years. We have the blue & white caterpillar, the Washer Woman, and a horse and all are in very good condition. I am looking for a new home for them. I would like to see them go to a home where they will be used and not just to someone who will sell them.

    Do you know of such a place?

    Thank you,

    • annperrin says:

      Thank you Margaret for this comment I know it led us both a merry dance, with you even considering taking out a second mortgage to send them all the way from the states to me!
      Well following our emails I now I gather they have a good home in Birmingham Alhamba! It is amazing how blogging can set thins in motion in different parts of the world. Thank you so much for this comment it was lovely. A play book is on its way. Take care Ann

  8. TheBigForest says:

    You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Find out more here. http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-the-winners/. If blog awards aren’t your kind of thing then that is absolutely fine but we love your blog!

    • ann perrin says:


  9. Jeni Brixey says:

    Odds are long but are you the daughter of Percy and Peggy? Apologies if not, trying to trace family and ended up here:) Interesting stuff Ann!

  10. This is my first time visit at here and i am actually impressed to read everthing at single place.

  11. George Appleby says:

    Dear Ann, We met at the Poetry School last year and at its party in September you gave me a signed copy of your Daisy collection. Will you be going to this year’s launch/party ? Inspired by you I have produced a collection and I’d like to give you a copy. I’d also very much appreciate your advice on making it available to the public. Any chance I could ring you sometime ? (My collection lacks the variety and beautiful illustrations of yours, but its a start.)
    George Appleby

    • ann perrin says:

      Hi George, Sorry so long in replying, So glad you got your book out.
      My suggestions are to take your book to open mics, don’t advertise it (bit tacky) just read from it.
      Try a local cafe, book or gift shop see if they will take it.
      I managed to get two to take mine, but their cut means I don’t make any money! But who does?
      If you have some spare, leave them on seats in parks, busy shopping precincts with a note ‘a gift to you’. Give one or two to a local charity shop and congratulate yourself for resourcefulness and get on with your next poem.
      Enter competitions as long as they are free or cheap to enter. I think it has all become a bit of an industry.
      I’m older than you and I believe ageism in the arts is rife.
      Not too helpful I know but it is a very competitive game at the best of times. Take care. Ann

  12. Hi Ann
    Love your Blog!
    However I just wanted to ask you about the following:
    My best friend Alan Gage for his endless support.
    Was Alan by any chance connected with Gage or Gaje Marionettes?
    They performed at schools in the Bristol area in the 1960s.
    I can be found on Facebook – Henleaze Book
    I do hope you can help?

    • ann perrin says:

      Lovely to hear from you. No Alan was never a puppeteer although he would dispute that having helped with the filming of my marionettes, been general dogsbody and even marionette manipulator in chief as I endless try to ensure they are conserved for posterity. A real struggle at times as I am the only puppeteer left in our family. Take care Ann

  13. Roz says:

    Hello Ann…..lovely to see you at the bus stop….hope this reaches you….thought it was the best way to get in touch and enjoy the blog.


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