Poems, anecdotes and drama all from Roger’s pen

Roger and Diane Quick

Roger and Diane Quick

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AN AUTHOR is hoping to raise lots of money for an upper Calder Valley charity as his three new books hit the shelves.

Roger Quick, of California Drive, Todmorden, whose previous books have raised thousands of pounds for Age Concern Todmorden, has penned a trio of new publications on a variety of subject matter.

“Tales with a twist” contains numerous extended anecdotes on a range of different topics, including the amusing adventures of a junior reporter who has just started on a local newspaper.

“Poems and pictures for children and their grandparents” features poetry about local places and people, including Incredible Edible Todmorden.

“Out of my head” is something totally new from Roger as it contains a drama about Todmorden called “Border dispute”.

“All the books are out now,” Roger said. “We have sold quite a lot already, which is very good.”

The three new publications take the number of books Roger has written to eight. They are on sale at Todmorden Information Centre and at a regular stall Roger and his wife Diane run at Todmorden Market.

Roger - who illustrates his books himself - said he is on track to beat last year’s total of £1,033 raised for Age Concern Todmorden. The money helps to pay for housebound people to go on trips to popular local attractions.

“We make sure that the money goes to local people,” he said.

Roger has broadcast some of his work on Phoenix Radio.

One of his poems about John Cockroft is used as a teaching tool by science teacher Paul Murray at Todmorden High School.

Roger and Diane travel around the local area giving presentations about their work to voluntary organisations and groups.