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Barnstaple’s “splendidly eccentric” poet and singer/songwriter finally unleashes his creative opus.

In his book, Isn’t Sex Noisy, Colin Shaddick brings us a wide range of songs (with tongue firmly lodged in his cheek) and presents this first collection of thirty-one songs, forty-four poems, seven haiku and a sample of his humorous illustrations, with a wry smile and a jaunty whistle of content.

All are sharply observed works that often reflect a difficult, but interesting life. The voices that howl at us from the pages are full of passion and often laced with an extremely large spoonful of humour and wit.

“People often ask me what inspires me. It’s a difficult question, but I think it’s the minutiae in life that attracts me. The odd things we all do, or experience: everyday mishaps that often get overlooked.

My good friend, Ken Sprague: internationally known as The Peoples Artist, always encouraged me to look at life from a different angle. ‘Everyone is a special kind of artist,’ he would say. I owe a great deal to Ken.

I started taking my poetry more seriously about 10 years ago, after I suddenly approached a few of life’s more painful twists and turns; without brakes! I suppose I looked on writing as a kind of safety valve: a productive way to keep my sanity and let off steam at the same time.

Song writing was something I thought I could try too. Then, the poetry and song writing appeared to be walking hand-in-hand. My poems started to be published in small magazines, and out of the blue, BBC Radio 4 invited me on the Ramblings show, with Clare Balding, featuring my haiku! Shortly after that, my songs started to get air play and two of my creations made it into the John Peel, Festive Fifty Show, for two consecutive years.”

Isn’t Sex Noisy is a very playful and extremely well produced collection of work. It takes the reader on a virtual roller coaster ride from humour to pathos, with many stops in between. A very enjoyable read.

Colin will be happy to sign copies of his book at the Appledore Book Festival 2008