A poet from Ilkeston is due to publish his seventh book of verse this month. Steven Michael Pape’s ‘Life in the Past Frame’ also contains images by Ilkeston based photographer Alan Davidson of Davidson Photography. All the proceeds from the book are going to the Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital in memory of Steven’s cousin Denise Roe who lost her battle with cancer in July, aged 51. One of the poems, ‘Bright Star’, is dedicated to her and was read at her funeral.
Steven says, “ I’m very happy with my poetry in this book and Alan’s striking images have added an extra dimension to them. Subjects include nature, children, society, loss, reflections on the past and thoughts on present day living.”
The book will be available on Amazon priced £10.99, but advance copies can be ordered and purchased from Steven directly for £8. A local book signing is being planned. Life in the Past Frame, which is 85 pages long, will also be available from Derbyshire Libraries from next year. Stephen is a regular contributor to Your Space where one of the poems from the book, ‘The imagination of children’, is featured in the November issue of Ilkeston Life.