Cacophony of Stardust
This is Al’s first collection, a super collection of more then 150 poems published by Burdizzo Books, edited and published by its owner, Matthew Cash.
After a poetry performance at Southcart Bookshop in Walsall, Al was approached by Paul B Morris of n0thing Books and Matty Cash of Burdizzo Books, wanting to read his material. When they learned that there wasn’t anywhere to read all his latest works, they offered to create a book using one of their publishing organs. Hence this book was born.
Been Here Before
While part of Poetry Wednesbury, Al published a booklet of poetry “Been Here Before” under Poetry Wednesbury Publishing together with the Dudley poet, Keith Melbourne, containing about ten poems from each.
Al’s first published poems appeared in about 1972, by Pulin Publishing: three poems were used in an anthology named All People are Poets, of which there were several volumes. He used the pen name of Alexander Robert, his first two Christian names.
In the late a1970’s, as a member of British Mensa, Al belonged to several SIGs (special interest groups) whose monthly publications frequently published his writings.
- ConSig, a group for those keen on issues of conservation, was run by Dr Paul Hammet LeBrun, who lived in Wednesbury, hailed from Malta and printed many articles and poems from Al.
- The Mensa Poetry society, over a few years, published a dozen or so poems for Al in their organ, Lyriq.
- Al took over the running of the SIG devoted to science fiction, the newsletter/zine of which he renamed Syzygy, and he was editor of that publication for three or four years during the mid 1980’s.
Yours magazine published a short true story by Al in the late 1990’s in their Yours Annual publication.