CD Launch

CD Launch of local Sheffield writer Bill Allerton


'The Train...and Other Tracks'


Bill Allerton is a man who can quiet a pub when he stands to read one of his narrative poems, monologues or stories.  He is a master craftsman of the written word. That, along with his authentic, softly spoken delivery, has people of all ages stilled; a pint raised half way to their lips.


Now you can take Bill with you and listen to him in the comfort of your own home.


The CD will be launched during the Off The Shelf Literary Festival on Sunday October 14th in the upstairs room at the Red Deer public house, Pitt St., off West St, central Sheffield, commencing at 7.45p.m.


Every aspect of the CD, narrated by the author himself, is to a highly professional standard.  The choice of material reflects the quality and versatility of Bill's writing as well as his talent for narration.
It will be on sale at the launch and also in stock at:
Blackwells Bookshop in Broomhill.


Bill won joint second prize with his narrative poem 'Annie' in the Harlequin Song Writing and Poetry competition.  Annie is a gentle old lady who comes home to find that her house has been burgled.  Her wedding silk, 'frail as a moth', has been shredded to tatters.  All her memories soiled by a few thoughtless young boys.


Also on the CD are some of the stories now proving to be old favorites:
'Nan's' His grandmother's kitchen as only a child could see it.
'The Comer' A monologue concerning an elderly man and an apparently vagrant car.


His success earlier this year in the Fish Publishing short story competition and the launch of his CD should enable many more people to be entertained and touched by his special brand of subtle humour, and his talent for transporting us back to times and emotions we once thought forgotten.


The CD has eleven tracks on it, running a total of 77 minutes.  They form a rich variety from the tragic to the humorous to the 'Obtuse'.  Listen closely and be taken on a circular journey, beginning with a young volunteer heading off to the First World Was, then around life as we think we know it, visited with some of Bill's wry and unusual perspectives, before culminating with the soldier's emotional return.


You may have heard some of the tracks on Radio Sheffield.  All I can say is that they are worth listening to many times over.
(Bryony Doran)