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Devon's most "splendidly eccentric poet" Colin Shaddick unleashed his creativity in a new book of poetry we would like to recommend!

In 'Isn't Sex Noisy' Colin presents his first collection of thirty-one songs, forty-four poems, seven haiku and a sample of his humorous illustrations, with a wry smile and a jaunty whistle of content.

All are sharply observed works that often reflect a difficult, but interesting life. The voices that howl at us from the pages are full of passion and often laced with an extremely large spoonful of humour and wit.

"People often ask me what inspires me. It's a difficult question, but I think it's the minutiae in life that attracts me. The odd things we all do, or experience: everyday mishaps that often get overlooked. My good friend, Ken Sprague: internationally known as The Peoples Artist, always encouraged me to look at life from a different angle. 'Everyone is a special kind of artist,' he would say. I owe a great deal to Ken. I started taking my poetry more seriously about 10 years ago, after I suddenly approached a few of life's more painful twists and turns; without brakes! I suppose I looked on writing as a kind of safety valve: a productive way to keep my sanity and let off steam at the same time. Song writing was something I thought I could try too. Then, the poetry and song writing appeared to be walking hand-in-hand. My poems started to be published in small magazines, and out of the blue, BBC Radio 4 invited me on the Ramblings show, with Clare Balding, featuring my haiku!"

Isn't Sex Noisy is a very playful and extremely well produced collection of works. It takes the reader on a virtual roller coaster ride from humour to pathos, with many stops in between.

The Eccentric Club's in-house literary critic highly recommends Colin's book:

“Colin Shaddick’s poetry is a remarkable example of this talented author’s courage to bare his soul to a complete stranger, something only a few would dare to do these days in the English poetry, where the form and the style so often become victims to fashionable concepts and hot, much talked about, news-items with a life-span of a fly. Colin, following in the footsteps of the ancient poets, blind-foldedly, invites his readers to join an honest and engaging conversation with him, a human, fascinated with the world around him, with his own life and body, just like a newborn child but with a gift of poetic expression. He is at ease with his words and is not pre-occupied with what effect they may have on his reader. Such a sincerity and absence of fear attract today’s readers seeking purity and strength of the creative expression. You can like more or less his various poems, but you can’t avoid falling in love with his soul by the time you finish reading his book and laughing at his kind and charming drawings.” (Ecc.W.Esq.)

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