See You in Valhalla

See You in Valhalla

A Centenary Tribute to Sidney Keyes

By Rod Madocks

Price: £7.50

ISBN: 978-1-915553-02-7

Number of pages: 68

Essays, English, Paperback, 127x203mm

They crossed her face with blood,
They hung her heart,
They dragged her through a pit
Full of quick sorrow.
Yet her small feet
Ran back on the morrow.
A Hope for Those Separated By War (1942)

Sidney Keyes was considered by his contemporaries to be the Rupert Brooke of his generation of Second World War Poets. His story is one of immense talent cut short by his death at the age of twenty-one on a Tunisian battlefield in 1943. It is now a hundred years since his birth. The novelist Rod Madocks revisits Keyes’ life and celebrates the memory of a remarkable poet, an exiled lover and a courageous man who faced up to the violence of his time. Keyes’ self image was of a candle flame rising up and burning the more brightly just as it was on the point of extinction.

“Sidney Keyes…potentially the finest poet of the Second World War.” – Robert Nye

Rod Madocks is the author of two novels, a short story collection and the social commentary Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life (2018). He has previously written about Sidney Keyes in The Rising Flame also by Shoestring Press (2015). His most recent work is a memoir of his African childhood, Muzungu to be published by Dogberry Press in 2022.

“Rod Madocks’ work is…refreshingly authentic…fascinating and intimate.” – Stand Magazine