Saturday, 19 January 2013

Welcome to the world according to Derrick Cranpole

You have reached the website of Derrick Cranpole, poet, artist, retired sea fisherman, champion of seafarers and coastal communities.

Born in Cornwall, England, Cranpole now resides in the south-east coast of Ireland from where writes, paints and offers his opinion on a variety of matters but mostly to do with the concerns of fishermen and seafarers, the people with whom he shares a deep connection.

Cranpole's debut volume of poetry and illustrations, A Woeful Tale, was published in 2012 by The Manuscript Publisher and is available to buy from this website, as well as from all good bookshops. This publication brought together, for the first time, work that had previously appeared in newspapers, magazines, poetry anthologies and even aired on radio. It also includes previously unpublished work.

Since the publication of A Woeful Tale, Cranpole continues to write. He is currently working on a volume of memoir (A Cornish Fisherman's Diary to appear soon) and occasionally contributes to newspapers, magazines, publications serving fishing and coastal communities. Some of his more recent work also appears on this website.

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A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole)

Available to buy in paperback edition from this website. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.

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What They Said

"Over the years I have known a lobster fisherman from the South-East, a man fond of a bit of ironic, sometimes blunt poetry or ditties, particularly when he was infuriated by official policies on fishing." - Tom MacSweeney, Marine Times

"Referring to the fishing industry and maritime matters especially in the South East (it is) a mainly humorous comment on the maritime society of the area and its 'official regulators'." - CiarĂ¡n O Mullain, Marine Times

"Cranpole's wry observations and humorous anecdotes make the mind boggle, not because they are too fantastic, but because they are all too real." - The Skipper

"He deals with everyday experiences of sailors and of the issues concerning seamen from bad weather to the EU's common fishery policy. When not dealing with such serious matters, his poems are funny and light-hearted as are also the sketches used to illustrate the book. Here and there we even detected a touch of the Kiplings." - Books Ireland, March 2012.