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 clearly lacking in polish or the insight that only comes in time, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, musicians, sporting figures, TV personalities, writers, explorers and assorted others of note.

We live in an age where people are celebrated for the most modest of achievements - news and media ensure that seemingly everyone gets their five minutes of fame if they stick around long enough. It may therefore seem a little morbid or even self-serving on my part to write about the recently-deceased (few if any of whom I have actually met), but these people already enjoy some degree of immortality through their celebrity, and therefore don't need a poem from me. I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same, in the spirit they are intended.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Bill Kerr - d. August 28th 2014

We knew you for the half-hours
you couldn't even call your own,
but every nimble second hand
needs a steady minute hand
to tell how fast they turn.

Read about Bill Kerr here


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Richard Attenborough - d. August 24th 2014

When we abandon
the cinema of our minds
you will be somewhere
in that final screening.
Until then,
all your crew can do
is wind, reel and print.





Monday, 18 August 2014

James Alexander Gordon - d. August 18th 2014

In every town and city
your voice united all divisions,
but here is a late result -
match abandoned,
the prospect of a replay;
nil.




Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Lauren Bacall - d. August 12th 2014


She didn't have to say 
anything,
she didn't have to do
anything,
but in the dark dormitory
of the biggest sleep
she glowed
like a lit cigarette.



Read about Lauren Bacall here

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Robin Williams - d. August 11th 2014


There was no day 
or conversation
you could not seize;
a mind on steroids, 
a mouth on fire,
the most alien
of humans.


Read about Robin Williams here 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Chapman Pincher - d. August 5th 2014

'High-ranking Angel linked to Satan'.
'The traitorous truth about St Peter' .
If there are scoops 
to be unearthed in heaven,
you are our man.


Read about Chapman Pincher here

Friday, 1 August 2014

Dick Smith - d. July 30th 2014

You used all your powers, 
all your skills,
to convince, or deceive.
We never knew your face,
but we knew your faces.

Read about Dick Smith here