Painting with Words by Michael and Peter Benton

‘Looking Back’ for L.S. Lowry’s ‘A Fight’ and ‘Faux Pas’ for Atkinson Grimshaw’s ‘Liverpool Docks by Moonlight’ – chosen – published by Hodder & Stoughton –

ISBN 0 340 61873 6

Studying for my PGCE at Southampton University to teach English, my tutor was Michael Benton. One of our tasks was to create a file of ideas, experience, observations. As creative writing was a large part of my degree, I included poems inspired by paintings, an exercise I intended to use with pupils when I began teaching. Two of these poems pleased Michael Benton who was at the time compiling ‘Painting with Words’ with his brother. I was asked for permission to them to be published. A joyous moment!

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