Two new books of poetry from creative Totterdown

September 28 2018
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TOTTERDOWN is a creative place – and to prove it not one but two books of poetry have been published by local authors in September.

TOTTERDOWN is a creative place – and to prove it not one but two books of poetry have been published by local authors in September.

David and Lizzy Turner have been running the Lunar Poetry Podcast for the last four years, and to celebrate their fourth anniversary they have teamed up with the Verve Poetry Press to produce Why Poetry? a collection of poems by some of the UK’s most exciting and vibrant voices. 

David and Lizzy appeared recently on BBC Bristol Radio with Laura Rawlings to chat about the book. It doesn’t just include some of Britain’s brightest poetic voices, but also the poets talking about how they write and their creative process.

In 2017 LPP was shortlisted for a British Podcast Award – Represent Category recognising the producers’ efforts to reach audiences often ignored by mainstream media.

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Meanwhile another Totterdown resident, Maggie Rigg of Upper Street, has published her own anthology of poems which movingly describe the experience of living with a child with cerebral palsy.

The book is called Spillweir, and draws on family life with Maggie’s 11-year-old grandson. 

It’s published to coincide with World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6. It costs £8.99 and all profits will go to Cerebral Palsy Plus.

You can buy the book here:



Here are two of Maggie’s poems which demonstrate the inflexible and uncaring attitude some people and institutions show towards the disabled.

Swimming Pool blues

The first time I took my grandson swimming 

to the local pool, I suggested to the manager 

that it would be beneficial to create a facility 

to make getting undressed and dressed stress-free 


for those in a wheelchair or others with a disability.

For example, I added in my friendly way 

(just a little a swagger in my voice),

a cubicle with a shower and a changing table

would be a nice, alongside the toilet


all in the same place if given a choice. 

She listened to my plan with a glazed look in her eyes,

then with a stubborn attitude, she declared with a smile

We don’t get any wheelchair users coming to this pool.

Copyright Maggie Rigg 2018


An Inconvenience

Many of them are dotted 

around the town 

silver doors that display

the blue badge sign 

insides almost as sterile as 

an operating room.

The main attraction

is to play with the tap 

because the transfer 

from wheelchair to the toilet seat 

is a big handicap 

impossible without hoist 

changing table or toilet seat 

these accessible loos are only

useful for those who can stand 

on two feet.

Copyright Maggie Rigg 2018