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Remembering the Golden Mile
by Jim Bell
The author of It Must Be True...It Was In The News!,
Reflections: v. 1
and Reflections: v. 2
has written a poem about his childhood visits to Dreamland and his hopes for the
future of the park called Remembering the
Click here to read the poem.
About the author:
Bell lives in Chatham, in Kent. He has worked as a
Materials Technician in the laboratory of a plastics factory for the past 35
years, and as a carer, looking after the elderly at the weekends. His first book
of poetry is in two volumes, published by Olympia, called
Reflections. It gives
a varied insight into his childhood life, and his experiences with the elderly,
mixed with humorous situations he has encountered. It Must Be True...It Was In The News!
is a completely different outlook, focusing on items that have been in the news,
but catch the author's imaginative poetic style of writing. Who knows if the
papers printed true events? This book takes them at face value, and turns them
into enlightening verses.
All the Fun of the Fair
by Paul Worts
Exclusive to the Save Dreamland
Campaign, 'All the Fun of the Fair' is a brand new short story based around
Dreamland and the Scenic Railway by writer and Campaign member Paul Worts. This
is an uplifting tale that will send a shiver down the reader's spine. And any
reader who knows their roller coaster history will get an extra pay-off at the
end, as the story has a twist in its tale.
Download story (PDF format).
About the author:
Worts lives In Chatham, Kent with his wife Isabel and nearly 2 year-old daughter
Aura, but he grew up around Victoria in London. Some of his earliest memories
are of visiting the then nearby Battersea Park Fun Fair in the early '70s, where
he fell in love with fun fairs and amusement rides. This was followed by Bank
Holiday Monday trips to the travelling fairs on Hampstead Heath after which he
discovered Dreamland Margate on a trip to the seaside with his parents in the
early '80s. Paul has ridden over 300 roller coasters across Europe and North
America, but he will always hold a special place in his heart for the first
coaster he ever rode: the 'Scenic Railway'. Paul has previously written short
fiction for the award-winning horror fanzine 'Dementia 13' and is currently
working on a collection of short stories related to amusement parks and
rollercoasters hopefully to be published in the near future.
The Old Roller Coaster at Margate by Simon Vogel
Leading performance poet Simon
Vogel, who made his mark in the Thanet area when he was poet-in-residence
for the 2001 Broadstairs Folk Week, has written a poem about Dreamland's Scenic Railway.
Vogel performed at Margate's Shell Grotto in February and while he was there
wrote this work, which is to feature as the title piece in a forthcoming poetry
booklet. He will
be appearing again at this year's Broadstairs Folk Week in August. Click here
for the Scenic Railway poem.
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