Sunday, 15 July 2012


Dorset Voices

by Roving Press

Review by Janine Pulford
£6.99 soft back ISBN 978-1-906651-15-2

With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, this credible little book is packed with poetry, short stories, articles and photographs of Dorset.

In black-and-white it explores the county through the eyes of local people creating a reflective mood. I was intrigued to discover the ‘Forgotten uses of furze’ by Nigel Palfrey, amused to read a poem by Timmy Crump about an ‘Odd Encounter in Shaftesbury’ and loved Andy Case’s good old Dorset dialect in the verse ‘Shepherd’s warning.’ The photograph that will remain with me for longest is that entitled ‘William Barnes, the voice of Dorset’ in the snow. The short stories are well chosen, if a bit gruesome, and I would have liked something humorous, but for me the outstanding piece was an article by Benjamin Blech, ‘The world has changed; so must Dorset.’ In his piece, he details the stark fact that by 2035 the world will be a different place because of the acute shortage of oil. The repercussions for Dorset are that tourism could increase three fold. This article is a must read and got me thinking about the future and how the cost of air travel will eventually be crippling. But don’t despair, settling for good old Dorset for your holidays isn’t such a bad option.

Dorset Voices is a gem of a book, professionally produced and brought to fruition by an ambitious group of people called Poundbury Voices. I hope to see more from them.

mags4dorset, in conjunction with Roving Press, is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of this fascinating book.

Saturday, 2 June 2012


Some more reviews (Amazon)

"Gives a real sense of the county, past and present. Just the right mix of fiction, memoir, verse and pictures, written by exceptionally good writers who know and understand the area. Definitely take a look at this if you're interested in Dorset or just want a good read."

"A great read of an anthology of Dorset memories, tourism, fiction, sci-fi, ghost stories, poems and photographs. A must have for anyone interested in the lives of people from Dorset."

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dorset Voices, on sale in Dorchester from Saturday 21 April; Book Launch 23 April, Bournemouth Festival of Words

Come to Waterstones, Dorchester on Saturday 21 April, from 11am onwards.

Be the first to preview and buy copies of DORSET VOICES!

Dorset Voices Book Launch at Bournemouth Festival of Words (BFoW) on 23 April, 6-8pm
Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RQ

Come and listen to fifteen of the poets and writers perform their work, view the photography and buy the book at a special discount.

See Roving Press website for more information