Rippling Yards by Viv Griffiths
(Scribblings of a Swansea Jack Book 8)

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Many writers begin by describing the environment of their boyhood as I do in this collection with ‘A Foxhole Boy’ – although Foxhole is probably the most changed part of Swansea now – Also family anecdotes and little legends you recall throughout your life and tell your own children spring easily to mind when setting down a text and these duly follow here in ‘Those Doggone Days’ and ‘Shoni Shuffle.’
Next came the tales from my sea going days as in ‘The Relief’ and ‘San Fernando’ and I see the latter as ‘graphic’ rather than pornographic in intent – I know cause I was there-!
‘Flakey Blakey’ is set in the Mumbles where I now live, then we move on to ‘Slippage’ and ‘Weaponry’ which are both a bit tongue in cheek attempts to parody the style of current authors, although the reader will probably fail to recognise them?
‘Incident At The Abbey Works’ recalls my time as a steel erector and ‘Don’t Mention The Scharnhorst’ tries to portray that strange phenomenon among British males whereby they transfer emotion to happenings outside of their immediate family – the saying is a joke among my relations, in fact –
‘Shark Heart’ is a description of the first shark I saw caught in the Red Sea and with some contemporary overtones, while ‘Reaching The Bleak’ explains itself, I think.
Lastly we have ‘Organon’ a very short attempt to describe the mysterious power of langue itself.
I enjoyed putting this collection together and can but hope that readers will find parts of it of interest.

Pob Hwyl,

Viv Griffiths, 2004.

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Published April 3, 2013 by Pericales Publications. 78 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships. Fiction