Artful Roger pens a Titanic musical tale

Author and illustrator Roger Quick and his wife Diane with his latest books
Author and illustrator Roger Quick and his wife Diane with his latest books

A writer has penned a poem re-telling the 20th century’s worst maritime disaster after discovering a link to his home town.

Roger Quick, of Todmorden, was on a cruise earlier this year when he heard that the violin played by the bandleader on board the Titanic the night it sank in 1912 had been sold at auction for almost £1m.

Roger discovered that the bandleader, Wallace Hartley, was from Dewsbury, where he was born and raised.

He was inspired to carry out research into the famous musician and write a poem about the events of that fateful night, and this year’s developments.

Roger said: “Being from Dewsbury, I have retained a lot of interest about this event.”

Roger is well-known in the upper Calder Valley for raising funds for Age UK.

He has written a series of books and donated proceeds to the charity.

His latest offering, titled “The Artful Roger”, is now available at Todmorden Information Centre and at the stall he and his wife Diane run at Todmorden Market on Saturdays.

“We get good local support,” Roger said. “It’s amazing how many people we get from out of town.

“We have had emails from New Zealand from people interested in Yorkshire legends while researching ancestors.

“I’ve been doing this about five years now. It’s a latent talent. I’ve always had the ability to write about anything.”

The next of his books of poems and pictures for children and grandparents is also on sale, as is a festive colouring book.