There has been a gap in my residency here at Shoreham airport while I finished editing my forthcoming book with Bloomsbury. Now, I am happy to say, I am back at the coal-face researching my next book which concerns all things flying – and I’m very happy to be back here.
Recent researches include reading about author Victor Yeates who wrote a book called Winged Victory, a semi-autobiographical novel about flying as a Sopwith Camel pilot during WW1. Here is a useful review of the book which I have just got hold of on Amazon for £2.
I am looking specifically for information – diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs – of pilots who were part of the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and who undertook their training at Shoreham airport. If you have any information PLEASE do get in touch.
Here is a Sopwith Camel:
Thank you so much to everyone who came along the Iain Sinclair event with Chris Petit and Nicholas Royle. It was a very inspiring day.
Some comments from the children from Swiss Gardens Primary School in Shoreham after attending Jacob Sam-La Rose’s brilliant poetry session:
I really enjoyed it and I think I’m going to do more poetry in the future. Jacob Sam-La Rose is a really good poet and he’s a really nice person and I’d like to meet him again and this was a great learning experience.
It was really good because we go to work outside seeing the planes while we were describing them and we put a long poem together as a group.
I liked all of it I would do it a hundred times more it was so fun Jacob is so good at teaching poetry he makes it funny (which is very important).
I really enjoyed all of it but my favourite bit was writing poems at the ned and I would do this workshop again. Finally I will always remember Jacob til the day I die.