135mmx210mm, paperback, 42pp
Derrick Buttress’s poems and short fiction have been widely published in U.K. magazines. Two television plays were produced by BBC2 and several radio plays were broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His poetry collections from Shoestring Press are: Waiting for the Invasion (2002), My Life as a Minor Character (2005), Destinations (2009), and Welcome to the Bike Factory (2015). A memoir, Broxtowe Boy, was published by Shoestring Press in 2004 and its sequel, Music While You Work, in 2007. A collection of short stories, Sing to Me, was published in 2011.
The Orthopaedic Hospital Great Escape brings together poems from earlier collections and previously unpublished work in a selection which displays Buttress’s customary formal skills and witty, laconic observations of life.
“Which elements of the world out there remain dark to poetry? Although, after the banking crash, economists praise skilled engineers, most British poets ignore industry. Derrick Buttress is a praiseworthy exception with his pamphlet, Welcome to the Bike Factory. Affluence may betray. Buttress’s poems do not. They are wise, energetic and humorous.” – Alison Brackenbury, PN Review
“Derrick Buttress is a very good writer and this (My Life as a Minor Character) is a rattling good read, full of feisty and witty poems. This is a rich and varied collection which reflects the writer’s technical skill and wry but essentially compassionate take on life.” – Catherine Smith, Frogmore Papers
“Derrick Buttress is clearly a sensitive writer.” – Sean Day Lewis, Daily Telegraph