at last I've got roon tae gieing mahself some time tae read.
I started and finished Tam's booklet ( 53 pages ) 'Give me back my sperm' a true story written by him how at 47 yrs old he was caught in the tender trap by a local lass much younger than him - caught 'in the furlong of spermhood'. She told him she was on the pill - Tam wisnae happy.
I ferr enjoyed reading the true tale - he says " I know when she reads this she will be angry but its the truth, every word"
I've now started his next booklet ( 72 pages ) Take me Drunk I'm Hame .........this book they say is probably the funniest and best book Tam has done so far. It has been reprinted three times, and if you like a guid laugh this is the book for you. It is mainly all short true stories about the carry ons Tam and his mates got up to when they lived and worked in nightclubs and bars in Torquay and Blackpool away back in the seventies.
A Scottish poet is providing signed copies of his latest book to raise money for the Alan Doherty appeal. Thomas Craven, or ‘Tam’ as he prefers to be called, is of Irish descent with his fraternal grandmother coming from Moville.
His story is an extraordinary one.While working as a bricklayer in a derelict graveyard, Tam had a serious accident, falling more than 20 feet off unsafe scaffolding. He cracked his skull, broke his ribs, punctured his lung and damaged his knee. “My pal thought I was dead. Somebody was shouting ‘You better get a priest’,” he recalls.
“I had just bought my flat and now I had a mortgage to pay and no job. “It took a few years to recover and during that time I was drinking too much and my mother, who has been the biggest influence in my life, said, ‘Tam, you’ve got a brain in that head of yours…do something with it. Never mind the drink!’ So I started writing.”
At 47 years old, Tam began writing poetry and has had 13 books published to date and has had books accepted into the cottage of the famous Scottish bard, Robbie Burns. But rather than simply enjoy the noteriety his gift has brought him, Tam has used it to help the less fortunate. He has raised over £10,000 for the Meningitis Association in Scotland and the proceeds from the first 200 copies of his latest book will help build a Marie Curie centre at a Glasgow hospital. Now, after hearing of the pioneering operations that Letterkenny man, Alan Doherty is undergoing to help build a new chin, Tam has decided to share the profits of his book ‘Through and Through’.
“I heard about young Alan Doherty and the operations that he needed and I have decided to donate 40 signed copies of my book. That should get them £200, and, of course, I also heard he’s a Celtic supporter!” Tam will be signing books at Charlie’s Café in Letterkenny this Saturday at 6pm.
LOCAL POET DEDICATES BOOK TO MARIE CURIE'S BIG BUILD APPEAL
Popular local poet, Tam Craven, has dedicated his hilarious new book, 'My Windaes Ur Steamin' 'N' So Am A', to Marie Curie's Big Build appeal for a new Glasgow hospice.
He will read a selection of his funniest poems and sign copies of the book at Borders' Buchanan Street bookstore on Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm.
Tam's 'tongue in cheek' poems are written in Glaswegian dialect and based on his life in Lennoxtown, Glasgow, and he will donate the proceeds from the first 400 books sold to the appeal. 'My Windaes Ur Steamin' 'N' So Am A' is Tam's seventh poetry book, and through his poems he wittily puts the world to rights and recollects memories from his childhood.
The Big Build appeal, which aims to raise £16m by 2009 to build a modern hospice on grounds close to Stobhill hospital, is very close to Tam's heart. Several of Tam's friends and family members, including his dad, died from cancer, and some were nursed at the Glasgow hospice.
The book signing event will take place just two days before World Hospice and Palliative Care day, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of people with cancer and their families. On 6th October, hundreds of events will take place across the globe to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
Tam commented: "Having witnessing the work carried out at the hospice first hand, it's great to be able to give something back. It's vital that the people of Glasgow pull together and help raise these much needed funds, as it really will make a huge difference in people's lives.
"My poetry reading and book signing event at Borders looks set to be a fantastic evening, and I hope that people will come along and show their support for this important cause."