Iping poet sets himself a challenge

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Poems are taking up a lot of Stephen Saunders’ spare time since he set himself a challenge to write 365 – one for each day – in the course of a year.

They are not what you might call classic verse on classic subjects as Stephen, 55, who lives near Iping, happily admits: “They’re all a bit silly really. I cannot write serious stuff.”

Topics range from the monsoon weather to a grandfather clock carved into a tree stump at Wisborough Green, from BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold’s much-publicised response when a driver in front of her threw a plastic bottle out of his car window, to the joys of sneezing. Now he’s tackling a rhyming recipe for a pasta dish.

He started out on his mission on April 25 and although his intention to write one rhyming story a day has slipped a bit, already he has more than 40 posted on his online blog.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer June 28