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Caverswall writer Dorothy's poems hit the shelves

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 13, 2014

Dorothy Bassett with her new Poems of Remembrance book

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A WOMAN who has been writing poems for 40 years has produced a book to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Dorothy Bassett, pictured, of Caverswall Common, is a member of the Caverswall Historical Society, which was formed in 2000.

For the last 14 years she has produced a poem that has been read out at a Remembrance Service.

Now, after being asked by several people, Mrs Bassett has written a Poem of Remembrance book which has just gone on sale.

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Mrs Bassett, 76, said: "I have been writing poems for the last 40 years and people asked me why did I not think about producing a book especially as it was the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

"I try to put myself in the place of people to come up with the inspiration when writing the poems, like a mother waiting on the quayside for her son to come home from war."

The former cook, who has worked at Caverswall Castle and Staffordshire Pottery, said the writing of poems started off has a bit of fun.

She said: "I wrote something for a boss at Staffs Pottery.

"Following that people started asking me to write a rhyme for birthdays and funerals. I have also written one for a vicar at Christmas.

"One of the most emotional ones was when I met someone at a poetry evening who said they had a relative in Scotland who wanted something special.

"It was for a disabled 21-year-old woman who could not speak, but wanted to thank her mum for her life. I had to think I was the young woman and how I would want to thank my mum. It was very emotional.

"Any profits from the book will be donated to the Royal British Legion."

Chairman of Caverswall Historic Society, Kathleen Rogers, of Cheddleton, said: "I think the book is excellent and very poignant.

"It is very enjoyable but it as got people emotional.

"We are thrilled the poems have now been put together in a book to commemorate 100 years since the First World War."

Copies of the book will also be on sale at a special four day event the historical society is organising.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary the group is staging a four-day event, entitled Homage to Heroes, which will be held in St Peter's Church, Caverswall between August 1 and 4.

The event will include a brass band concert, flower festival, scarecrow competition and rides around the village by horse drawn carriages.

The book, priced at £3, is on sale at Caverswall Post Office or can be obtained be calling Mrs Rogers on 01538 360880.

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