A: I too feel that the loss of bookshops from the high street is very sad, but it is hard to imagine how they can compete with the likes of Amazon and their reasonable prices, especially in these straitened times.Our dear little bookshop in Fairford, Glos has just given up the ghost.
Also, I do not believe in the elaborate "gag", but I look for humour in the small, everyday things, like the husband who knows it all, and snores all night.This has stood me in very good stead, because people identify with these subjects and recognise that they're true and not some great artificial yarn. In this case it is one called 'Insomnia', about a woman moaning that she cannot sleep at night, but who takes naps all through the day, and cannot see that there might be a link.I have never felt drawn to 'serious' poetry, as I feel there is enough to depress us in life, and much of it is very gloomy and introspective.Pam Ayres, writer, broadcaster, songwriter and poet, joined us for a live webchat on Gransnet on 10 October.Pam began her life in the limelight by winning the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1975, and has since written several books of poetry, including Surgically Enhanced and The Works.
Her poems have been printed in school textbooks in several countries.She's also regularly appeared on radio programmes like Just a Minute and Loose Ends. Her poem 'Oh I wish I'd looked after my teeth' was voted into the top 10 of a BBC poll to find Britain's Favourite Comic Poems.Pam joined us to talk about her new memoir, The Necessary Aptitude, performing for the Queen and TV talent contests.Q: Like many I have never forgotten her recital of I Wish I'd Looked After My Teeth on Blue Peter in the 70s. I'd love to know a) what are her teeth really like (can I ask that?! If what you say about the entire generation of tooth-brushers is true, I feel deeply gratified.) and b) does she realise that by that one reading she has spawned an entire generation of devoted tooth-brushers?! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, it certainly seems to have stood the test of time. Q: I was quite depressed today by a news story about bookshops disappearing from the High Street.So it's lovely to have a reminder that poetry can not only be appreciated in this day and age - but be incredibly successful too. Also I would love to know what her favourite poem is (her own - though would be lovely to know which ones she loves by other people too if that's not being too greedy with my questions).