Poet is chosen for new book

Hartlepool-born poet Don Ashton
Hartlepool-born poet Don Ashton

A POET’S career is flourishing after he was asked to contribute towards a new book.

The work of Hartlepool-born Don Ashton is to appear in a new book called Ten of the Best, which will feature 20 pages of his finest work alongside nine other selected poets.

The 56-year-old said his poetry is a reflection of his life with a focus on the importance of love and being loved.

The married dad-of-two has ambitions of writing children’s books and he said the new book will raise his profile and bring him one step closer to that dream.

Don, who now lives in Scunthorpe, said: “I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this new book.

“It will hopefully take me one step closer to my dream of producing my own children’s books.

“When I first started writing it was to produce one or two poems about my time growing up in the North-East and my childhood but it has developed from there.”

A letter sent to Mr Ashton by the publishers read: “The book is titled ‘Ten Of The Best’ and will feature a collection of around 20 pages of your poetry and the same by nine other selected poets.

“We want to publish this collection of your work – to showcase the range and quality of your writing.”

The book, which will also include a photo and profile of the poet, is being published by United Press London and is expected to be out early next year.

The musician and songwriter has suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for more than 20 years.

He was forced to retire from working as a plant fitter in 1994 because of his condition.

Don, who grew up on the Owton Manor estate, was a member of several local bands during the 1970s, including Lame Gypsy, Blowing Free and Stage Fright, before moving to Scunthorpe.