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.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

John Fortune - d. December 31st 2013


Today you accepted a booking 
at the highest establishment.
Your billing reads
Not so much a satirist,
more a way of life.

Read about John Fortune here

Saturday, 21 December 2013

David Coleman - d. December 21st 2013


The stadium empties,
The floodlights fade,
The camera rolls,
The cue is given,
But no voice speaks.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ronnie Biggs - d. December 18th 2013

Something separated you
from other seedy pimpernels.
Perhaps the audacity 
of your flight, or maybe
Lady Luck's number
in your trouser pocket. 

Read about Ronnie Biggs here 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Joan Fontaine - d.December 15th 2013


They’ll talk of your sister,
your sister and you,
but this is for you alone,
somewhere between
the unknown woman
and the woman 
who found herself.

Read about Joan Fontaine here 

Peter O'Toole - d. December 14th 2013

By night, we saw
two blue suns
extinguished,
and a face, 
once luminous 
as the desert
it owned,
become a cold moon.

Read about Peter O'Toole here
 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Stan Tracey - d. December 6th 2013

When the music stopped
I touched your piano;
88 keys hot with friction,
steam rising off the strings,
sustain pedal jammed on
forever.

Read about Stan Tracey here