About Otwituaries


I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.


All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are maybe a little lacking in polish, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, sportsmen and women, TV personalities, writers, musicians and explorers. These people are already immortal, and therefore don't need my help, but I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

William G. Stewart - d. September 21st 2017

Who said
'We start with three lives;
the one we dream of,
the one we fear,
the one we live'?
Sorry William,
lights out.

read about William G. Stewart here

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Harry Dean Stanton - d. September 15th 2017

There you go,
playing your final 
haunted man,
face like a ruined mansion,
in from the blinding desert,
back to the old freezerino.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Grant Hart - d. September 14th 2017

Do you remember
the beautiful noise,
the hardcore honey?
Turned on the news
to hear it had been 
cut out, 
cut down to size.

Read about Grant Hart here

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Frank Vincent - d. September 13th 2017

In this thing of ours
a wiseguy's worth 
his weight 
in provolone
I heard a cry 
popped the trunk
but there was
just a note that said
fuhgeddaboudit


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Walter Becker - d. September 3rd 2017

I bought a thrill from you,
a groove cool and literate,
spinning to its own logic.
Walter, you had my number.

read about Walter Becker here


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tobe Hooper - d. August 26th 2017

While there are shadows 
on a sinister street,
noises in the attic, 
the fuzz of TV static,
the buzz of a chainsaw
you're here.



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jerry Lewis - d. August 20th 2017

Hail the King of Crazy,
Grand Poobah of Nutty,
Arch-Dummy, 
Lord Screwy,
Chief Goof, 
The Kook's Kook.

Read about Jerry Lewis here


Friday, 18 August 2017

Bruce Forsyth - d. August 18th 2017

No song without dance,
no crack unwise, no phrase
that wouldn't catch. 
Nothing lower than an ace:
To have known you, nice.

Read about Bruce Forsyth here

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Glen Campbell - d. August 8th 2017

I laughed when I read
the part that said
you were leaving, 
but now I hear 
singing in the wires;
adios, cowboy,

Read about Glen Campbell here

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hywel Bennett - d. July 25th 2017

The call goes out
for a small-time hood,
a scalp-hunter, a rogue,
lovable or louche
but they're so hard 
to find,
harder by the day.

read about Hywel Bennett here

Robert Hardy - d. August 3rd 2017

Dark hallway.
Phone rings,
Gruff voice,
Churchillian even.  
cuts through 
the murk, 
Darrowby 85?
Sorry, 
I'm not here.

Read about Robert Hardy here

Monday, 31 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

George A. Romero - d. July 16th 2017

He is laid to rest,
yet I see the twitch
of an undead limb,
see his body rise, walk.
He came for me;
he is coming for you.

Martin Landau - d. July 15th 2017

Main Mission 
is impossibly silent,
all Eagles grounded. 

An Alpha Male 
falls out of orbit
with no way home.

Read about Martin Landau here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Liu Xiaobo - d. July 13th 2017

[This Otwituary
has been censored.
Its author is under

house arrest. Anyone
circulating it will 
be subject to arrest
and imprisonment].

Read about Liu Xiaobo here

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ray Phiri - d. July 12th 2017

The train of music
stops at every station,
yet is unstoppable.
It comes for you now,
whistling through the veldt,
whispering in the deep.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Barry Norman - d. June 30th 2017

In the dark screening of life
it is not enough
to watch but not see,
to see but not understand,
to understand but not tell.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Michael Bond - d. June 27th 2017

At the word herbidacious
the gate opens; a man
steps through, duffled,
marmalade-flecked.
Handwritten label pleads
Please look after this writer.

Read about Michael Bond here