Gary Boswell, poet/writer, edited the two poetry anthologies The Bees Knees and The Bees Sneeze for Stride in the early ’90s.
I knew Gary at the time from his reading and poetry workshops I arranged at my school in Devon after the first publication, along with other writers from that book, including then Stride publisher and poet Rupert Loydell, and also my getting three poems in the second of these two wonderful anthologies for younger readers.
I also met Gary many years ago, quite by accident, in the Ulverston, Cumbria, carpark. He or I should have written a poem about that. I don’t know for sure, but I think he still lives in the area – possibly now Grange-over-Sands – and I know he has written for local papers like The Westmorland Gazette, and elsewhere on his other great love, betting, linked to sports like non-league football, women’s grand slam tennis, UK National Hunt Horse Racing and US flat track horse racing.
There is a lay-by mobile cafe on the A590 between Grange-over-Sands and Kendal, seemingly no longer is use, and as Gary would appear to have or have had a range of jobs, whenever I passed it recently on a visit again to Ulverston, I naturally wondered if this was his:
Perhaps I’ll write a poem about this one day…