Deeping St Nicholas author's book brings hope during difficult time
A lockdown poetry project has been turned into a book to entertain and inspire children (and adults) while giving hope to the author.
Paul and Claire Hymas, from Deeping St Nicholas, began working on a YouTube channel of poems with a view to inspiring children after they were both furloughed in April.
However, as the YouTube channel grew more popular, and Paul was sadly made redundant, he decided to make another positive step with his poetry by publishing a selection of poems in the book ‘Bogey Roads’, which is named after one of his most popular poems.
He said: “If I hadn’t found myself in this position I would never have been able to put all of the time and effort into the poetry, and then the book. I have put all of my energy into it.”
Paul, who self published the book which has already received five star reviews on Amazon, has always written poetry and created the child-friendly poetry to encourage youngsters to get involved.
This idea has also been included within the book which includes open pages for children to draw their own illustrations of characters mentioned within the poems.
Paul said: “I thought that was something that the kids might like as it encourages them to get involved. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I actually produced eleven versions of the book before I was completely happy with it.
“I put the book together myself and it was printed exactly how I did it – with illustrations by a friend of mine who has been creating them for the YouTube channel too.”
The book features poems such as ‘Mum Do Not Bend’ which tells the story of a mother’s failed attempt at yoga, ‘Isobel’ which recounts the tale of a tooth fairy with transportation issues and ‘Bake me a Cake’ which pokes fun at the worst cake ever made.
Paul says that the book has brought him happiness at a very difficult time.
He added: “It was very satisfying when I saw the book. Seeing my name on the front really made me feel proud of myself.”
The book, ‘Bogey Roads and other Polluted Poems’ is available to purchase for £5.99 from Amazon. More poetry can be found at Splyt Jaws Children’s Poetry on YouTube.