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.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Jackie Trent - d. March 21st 2015

I know a place,
a cellar full of noise,
with a perfect jukebox
where the only songs playing
are all ones I know.

Read about Jackie Trent here

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Shaw Taylor - d. March 17th 2015

Did you see a man 
sometime in the 70's, 80's?
five foot ten, grey hair,
glasses, a twinkle?
We would like to speak 
to him. Keep 'em peeled.

Read about Shaw Taylor here 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Daevid Allen - d. March 13th 2015

In the University of Errors,
where hippies are hip,
everyone graduates sometime,
gets a proper job in the afterlife, 
beforelife, beyondlife.

Read about Daevid Allen here 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Terry Pratchett - d. March 12th 2015

Not content with this world
you fashioned your own;
balanced on elephants,
the equilibrium of the lunatic,
believably unbelieveable.

Read about Terry Pratchett here