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Reflections in Verse : 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £3.99     US price: $7.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7223 3578-4
Published: June 2005

For this slim volume of poetry, Beth Richards has drawn inspiration from her own experiences to produce a thoughtful collection of verse. Although the topics vary, the over­riding message is be positive and don’t overlook, or take for granted, the many wondrous gifts in your life as you struggle over the obstacles that fate places in your path.

PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday June 25th 2005

A local author has recently published a book of her reflections on life. Entitled Reflections in Verse, the book includes poems on many subjects related to events in her own life, or things which have happened to people close to her.

Beth Winchcombe, who writes under her pen-name of Beth Richards, has been writing poetry for 30 years. She was born in Marlow in Buckinghamshire but moved to Derbyshire 7 years ago, and now lives in Clowne.

Beth says, “Inspirations come to me at any time. I believe that everything we do in life begins with just an idea, and whether we then follow up that idea is entirely up to us.” Beth believes that this can apply to big ambitions and to simple pastimes and that, if people feel they have a gift, they should use it. Her poems reflect this simple belief.

The publisher’s notes accompanying Beth’s book describe her work:

“For this slim volume of poetry, Beth Richards has drawn inspiration from her own experiences to produce a thoughtful collection of verse. Although the topics vary, the over­riding message is to be positive and don’t overlook, or take for granted, the many wondrous gifts in your life as you struggle over the obstacles that fate places in your path.”

  Her poem, entitled “Reflections”, demonstrates that positive view:

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
A face looking back, surely it’s not me?
What happened to the young girl,
The one with long blonde hair?
Certainly now she is no longer there.
The years have gone past
And my hair is now grey,
But inside
it’s still me
And always will be, come what may.

In other verses she writes of friendship, dreams, love and destiny.

Beth describes the readers of her book as being people much like herself. “We have all had and lost friends, done things of which we are proud and others which we have regretted. People of my age like to reflect on those thoughts and many people who have read my poems describe the way in which the verses seem to have been speaking about something very personal to them.”

Reflections in Verse is published by Arthur H Stockwell. The book is available, price £3-99 (plus 99p postage), direct from the Author. For further information on this press release, or on Beth’s book, or to order a copy of the book, please contact her directly at: 75 Gray Street, Clowne, S43 4RT. Phone: 01246 811558.

About the author

Poetry is one of Beth Richard’s creative gifts. She also paints in oils. She believes that if one has a gift one should use it. She has written many poems on many subjects, usually related to happenings in her life and people close to her. She says: “I think very deeply and therefore what I write and what I paint comes right from my heart.” Inspirations come to her at any time. “Everything we do in life begins with just an idea,” she says, and adds, “whether we pursue it is up to us." Her second book,  Chill Out With Beth, embraces her sensitive and optimistic vision for both young and old so that, in a sense, the reader has the benefit of two books in one! Parents and Grandparents can read the beguiling story in the first part to their children or grandchildren, and enjoy the poems that follow for themselves. The second  volume is in effect an extension of the poet’s earlier collection Reflections in Verse.

Beth Richards has been writing poetry for thirty years. She was born in Marlow in Buckinghamshire, but moved to Derbyshire seven years ago, and now lives in Clowne.
 

 

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PROFILES OF THE AUTHOR

Profile (No.1)


I began writing poetry 30 years ago, so my small book entitled REFLECTIONS IN VERSE includes poems on many subjects usually related to happenings in my lifetime and people close to me.

Inspirations come to me at anytime. I believe that everything we do in life begins with just an idea; whether we pursue it is up to us. I will pick just one or two poems from my book. We all have a dream at some time in our lives. So "Dream Cottage" on pages 12 & 13 were my dream.

Also, many of us have a best friend. So “My Best Friend" is on page 22.
Many of us at some time in our lives have a dog. So "Pickles" on page 25 was my dog.

We can all relate I’m sure to "SECOND CHANCE" at some time in our lives. My meaning to this poem is: “We are none of us perfect.”

I would be happy for you to read and enjoy my small book, or perhaps you know someone who would like it as a small gift. If so please contact me 

Beth Richards.
Tel 01246-811558.



Profile (No.2)


I was born in Marlow, Bucks and have now retired to CLOWNE in
Derbyshire.
I began writing poetry over 30 years ago and recently had a small book
published entitled “REFLECTIONS IN VERSE".  For this I use my pseudonym
Beth Richards.

The poems are on various subjects as they related to happenings 
throughout my life and those close to me.

I believe if you have a gift you should use it.

I also paint in oils and enjoy both hobbies.

Everything we do in life begins as an idea and depends on whether we pursue it.

To read my small book and I hope enjoy it as my many friends have, or to obtain a copy, perhaps for a small gift for someone, is possible by contacting myself.

Beth Richards. Tel 01246-811558.

 

Profile (No.3)

For what it is worth my belief is that our lives are mapped out from the day we are born.

Therefore my poem entitled “DESTINY” “ on page 43 in REFLECTIONS IN

VERSE is my way of saying just this.

In my second book CHILL OUT WITH BETH! GEMS FOR YOUNG AND OLD there is a poem entitled “JUST A MEMORY” which is a slightly philosophical view of mine; it is on page 14.

This year after watching the Remembrance Services on T.V., I just knew I had to write a poem for this was all a part of History, so I’ve written a long poem entitled “REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY”. It came to me in what I call an inspiration, but it is really like listening to a phone call into my mind.

If my books help someone to deal with something in their life, then to me it will all have been worthwhile and give me a feeling of great achievement.

(Copyrighted to Beth Richards Jan. 2006 © )

 

Remembrance Sunday

  Remembrance day, another year gone by,

A time to think and remember them, they didn’t want to die,

They had to fight for King and Country, they didn’t have a choice,

They had to leave their loved ones, their thoughts they couldn’t voice,

Sixty years on, we the people remember the pain that war can cause,

But has anyone learnt from the horrors of the past, not to start these wars?

It seems not—they carry on making the same mistakes again.

Why don’t they listen, learn from the past? It’s really very plain,

For there is much anger and un-rest throughout the world today,

Uprisings, trouble, hatred and violence; there must be another way.

Each year we go on remembering the brave who fought and died,

The wives and mothers left at home, their hopes and fears they would hide.

Some came home wounded, disabled, troubled in their mind,

Some came home disfigured, some of them were blind.

No doubt next year they’ll gather once again,

Two minutes of silence to reflect and think of all the needless pain.

We can’t put right the wrongs of the past but surely can’t they see,

Just think about the consequences of any actions, think of the dying soldier’s last words,

What would they be? …  

PLEASE REMEMBER ME…  

  (Poem copyrighted to Beth Richards Nov. 2005 )

 

Also by Beth Richards:

 

For LOVE of Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price: £4.99     US price: $6.36
Kindle £1.99
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8
ISBN-10: 1326205870
ISBN-13: 978-1326205874
Pages: 106

As our dreams are full of images that entrance us, so Beth Richards' poems are full of images, visual pictures and metaphors, that keep us spellbound and enchant us. Through the images perceived by the poet we are drawn into her world and see through her eyes; for example, through the central image of a mirror in which the ageing poet observes her own image in 'A Lifetime', the reader feels himself or herself in the place of the observer, sharing her feelings and sensations. The poems in this new collection are bound together by the theme of love, and are full of the wisdom of life; it is the wisdom of a poet once described as 'the wise owl', who has experienced a range of feelings and difficulties that increase with the ageing process - for with age comes wisdom! - Charles Muller, Diadem Books


Life
by Beth Richards

UK price: £10.50   US price: $12.00
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 1909304786
ISBN-13: 978-1909304789
Published: Nov 2012

About the author

Beth Richards has long enjoyed the reputation, in her writings, as a ‘wise owl’. She has the perspicacity of seeing ‘deep down things’, right into the heart of things and has the ability to speak for many of us who are growing older, approaching retirement, and combining the wisdom of our years with the frustrations of age, when we become disillusioned with money spent on material gain instead of alleviating poverty, and become fed up with tailgaters driving too close to us! She is not afraid to speak out and provide a voice for us golden oldies who often suffer the indignity of being invisible to the younger generation who live at a different pace. Most touching is Beth’s evocation, on behalf of many of us, of memories and longings from days gone by - the longings for lost intimacies, of treasured moments no longer there, of being held and comforted; yet through her prose and poems we can share the reevocation of such moments, even ‘Reliving that tingling sensation before the explosion’! Beth has the soul of a poet and she is not afraid to bare her soul, however sensitive, and it’s this sincere and honest quality that will make the reader feel like a close friend.


For the Love of Maria
by Beth Richards

UK price: £7.99        US price: $10.65
Kindle USA $3.12  Kindle UK £2.00
Format: Paperback
Pages: 244
ISBN-10: 1326339427
ISBN-13: 978-1326339425
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.4 x 21 cm


In a sense the novel is about two worlds that are worlds apart, and which are bridged together. Not only is there a bridge between different geographical regions, but between people of different age groups and experiences. At the end of the day it's love that is the main bridge that brings these different worlds and people together. And as the author also says, 'There is more than one type of love, though not always of the sexual nature!' It's very appropriate that the cover of this novel depicts bridges! There are twists and turns in the plot that take the story into some surprising routes - the main one being from Marlow in Buckinghamshire to Derbyshire in the north. In fact, you might say that in many ways the novel is a dramatized travelogue, and one that especially highlights the scenic and rural appeal of the Peak District.


Turn the Page
by Beth Richards

UK price: £8.99   US price: $12.79
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 148
ISBN-10: 1908026502
ISBN-13: 978-1908026507 
Published: May 2012

My whole concept with Turn the Page is for it to be different this time-not a collection of poems but a collection of short stories. As I've already mentioned in my Preface, I love writing short stories and pray that you'll love reading them. Sometimes one has to venture out of one's comfort zone, into a new sphere. The Proverb 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' is all too true! I pray that you'll enjoy delving into my new venture as you read these stories. In Proverbs 16:31 we are told, 'The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness!' I have acquired that status. My photo portrays this. Bring on the righteousness in the form of more writing! There has to be some advantages to ageing, after all.


Pause for Thought: With Versastyle Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price:    US price:
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 164
ISBN-13: 978-1908026361
ISBN-10: 1908026367
Published: November-2011

The most significant contribution of this versatile and inspired author in this volume is her use of a new form of poetry that she has aptly dubbed 'Versastyle Poetry' - for which she deserves to find a permanent place in the history of literary criticism or literary style. This is the intermingling of, or alternating use of, free verse and rhyming stanzas... where the repeated rhyming stanza picks up the thematic strands in the free verse component as an echo, refrain or leitmotif, serving, in effect, as a thematic chorus. This works very effectively, for example, in her poems 'Delicate Rosebuds', and 'Magic Mirror', where each repetition of the rhyming stanza uncovers deeper levels of insight.


Epic Times, Past and Present: Reflections in Prose and Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price: £9.99    US price: $11.89
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 246
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1908026095
Published: March-2011

My main aim in Epic Times, Past and Present is to magnify the difference between life in the 20th Century and today's faster pace of living. To do this I began with 'Comradeship at its Best', a true story of my childhood memories of war-torn Britain back in the 4th decade of the last century. The theme of the very last poem, 'The Day I Trembled with Fear' occurred recently in January 2011, reflecting upon a mini-earthquake in Ripon, also Leeds...just a few miles from where I live in Derbyshire. I remarked in this poem, 'we don't do Earthquakes in Britain', but it appears now....anything goes! The book literally goes from past to present times. Are we any better off with today's way of living? I don't think so! Do you? Read this book before you answer! - Beth Richards.


Food For Thought:   
Savouring the Delights of Poetry & Prose - by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.99  US price: $10.50
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 158

ISBN: 978-1907294440
Published: March-2010

FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a well known phrase, often used - and this time Beth Richards hopes her latest title will give some readers just that - Food for Thought! In our present generation of the 21st Century folk are living their lives as though on a treadmill. They may be going faster and faster - but, like a treadmill, they are going nowhere fast. Time and money seem to be of the essence in everything. Primary Care Trusts are only interested in their target figures!

The short stories also included in this volume will delight and entertain the reader, as they touch on human nature and, again, some of the dilemmas of modern life, with insight and humour.


Reflections in Verse : 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £3.99     US price: $7.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7223 3578-4
Published: June 2005

For this slim volume of poetry, Beth Richards has drawn inspiration from her own experiences to produce a thoughtful collection of verse. Although the topics vary, the over­riding message is be positive and don’t overlook, or take for granted, the many wondrous gifts in your life as you struggle over the obstacles that fate places in your path.


Chill Out With Beth : 
Gems for Young and Old!
by Beth Richards           

UK price: £5.63      US price: $9.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 50
ISBN: 0-595-37203-1
Published: Sep-2005

Chill Out With Beth combines an enchanting fairy story for children with poems that are gems of wisdom and insight relevant to both young and old in the journey of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.


W O W: Words of Wisdom
by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.63    US price: $10.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 84
ISBN: 0-595-40724-2
Published: Jul-2006

In this intriguing collection of sincere and heartfelt poems, Beth Richards, the “Wise Owl”, brings us more gems of wisdom that become beacons for guidance through the everyday problems and joys of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.


Journey Towards a Dream 
A Novel                    
 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £5.10    US price: $9.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 96
ISBN: 0-595-42834-7
Published: Feb-2007

This story is based on what a lot of us feel when our children flee the nest! Life is a journey. At the beginning Carol has a dream, which is something many of us have and fulfil, depending upon circumstances. The big question is—will we achieve, in the end, what starts out as a dream?


Worlds Apart                    
Poems of Contrast

by Beth Richards & Charles Muller

Our price: £7.00     US price: $13.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 134
ISBN: 0-595-50302-0
Published: Apr-2008

Two poets - two worlds: poems of deep and humorous reflections (set in England) contrasted with poems of stark reality (set in South Africa and elsewhere).


LIGHT READING      
Reflections in Poetry and Prose

by Beth Richards

UK price: £8.96    US price: $16.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 140
ISBN:
978-0-9559852-9-4
Published: December-2008

Beth Richards writes: ‘I’ve always maintained that writing poetry (and other forms of creative writing) is a gift from God.’ Here, again, the creative muse continues to inspire Beth—hence this latest book of short stories and poetry entitled Light Reading.  (Discerning readers will, of course, appreciate the pun on the word Light, hopefully made clearer by Beth’s oil painting of the Baccaro Lighthouse, in Nova Scotia, on the front cover!)


Darkness to Light   
Further Enlightening Poetry & Prose
by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.99      US price: $10.40
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Diadem Books
Size : 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
Pages: 138
ISBN: 978-1907294075
Published: Sep-2009

A new collection of Beth Richards' inspiring poems and prose pieces.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

My aim in this book of poems and prose is to reach out to a number of readers – therefore I’ve written about many different subjects, which will almost certainly touch the hearts of many.  Maybe some of the subjects will even help someone with a similar problem in his or her life to find a solution – a form of self-help!