These are the opinions of others about my writing.
‘Freaks’ won the Microcosms Flash Fiction Short Story Competition 143 on 9/10/2018. Competition Judge Vicente L Ruiz said ‘In the end the decision of who won was purely personal… This is an amazing short story. I loved how, with a few clever sentences, the writer plunges us into the world and the story. Then a short conversation and a few more paragraphs build the characters. And it’s topped off with a beautiful, surprising ending that I loved. I felt myself immersed in the story – I could see and smell and touch and hear. And I could feel the hope at the end. Magnificent!’
Lost Sheep – ‘Good story’ – BA of St Edmundsbury, Suffolk
Lost Sheep ‘I enjoyed reading that’ – VT of Chorley, Lancashire
Lost Sheep ‘I enjoyed it too’ – CG of Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Lost Sheep – ‘Really enjoyed reading it’ – JS of Darwen, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Good story, it made me cry’ – SP of Caton, Lancashire.
Not Fade Away – ‘Not Fade Away brings back great memories of the 60s and being a teenager growing up in Morecambe. Dave Pogson has a great talent of bringing the past to life, again. I can sympathize with the main character! If you liked this one, try what he has written over the years. You won’t be disappointed.’ – SB of Hornby, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Looking Forward to reading your second Selwyn short story’ – SB of Caton, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Frankly, it made me laugh out loud several times’ – VMW of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
The Final Vote – ‘I love the story!’ – BEP of Hornby, Lancashire
Not Fade Away – ‘What I liked best was 1964: Not Fade Away’ – JH of Beverley, Humberside
ACES Articles – ‘Impressive stuff all round’ – PHM of Teesside
The Black Panther – ‘You paint a vivid picture. Well done’ – MA of Carnforth, Lancashire
Every Rebel has a Cause – ‘… your observations and storytelling make all your work brilliant reading.’ – MA of Carnforth, Lancashire
Rural Encounter – ‘Enjoyed that.’ – AC of York
The Day it rained Tennis Balls – ‘Love it’ – MS of Bury, Greater Manchester
The Day it rained Tennis Balls – ‘Loved “The Day it Rained Tennis Balls”‘ – SAG of Lancaster, Lancashire
“Thank you so much for your submission, which I very much enjoyed reading and will be delighted to include in the Words Aloud programme.”
Aliki Chapple for Words Aloud, Lancaster Fun Palace
“I am writing to you about the poem Why Angels have Wings… Anchor Books aims to publish poems which are sincere, uncomplicated and a pleasure to read… After reading your poem I am pleased to tell you that I would like to include it in It’s A Funny Old World. – Steve Twelvetree, Editor, Anchor Books
“The competition was advertised to both new and established poets across the UK, our aim being to encourage reading and writing of poetry as well as offer poets a platform to showcase their work. I am therefore delighted to tell you that your poem, The Price of Democracy Kit, has been chosen for publication in a book called Political Fortunes” – Sarah Washer, Editor, Forward Poetry.
“However, you’ll be delighted to know that we want to publish one of your poems in a book which we are working on right now. … Your work certainly should have this chance to go into publication and we want to put the name of David Pogson into print.” – Peter Quinn, Publications Director, United Press Ltd
Poetry Now attracts a wide audience from all different backgrounds. Since the first publication in 1989, Poetry Now has published new poets and well-known figures in the modern world of poetry, such as Roger McGough, Carol-Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope, to name but a few.
The anthology that I am currently working on is Love: Beyond the Image, and I am pleased to tell you that your poem, Forgiving, has been accepted for publication in this book. – Heather Killingray, Editor, Poetry Now.
“I’m pleased to welcome Dave back as a writer for the Terrier. His fascinating pieces about moorings in the Lake District and liabilities for paving slabs remain in my memory” – Betty Albon, Editor of ACES ‘The Terrier’ magazine.
“Congratulations! I am very pleased to be able to tell you that you were shortlisted in the Ottaker’s and Faber Seventh Annual National Poetry Competition. We had over 200 entries for our local competition so it is a great achievement to make it so far.” – Stewart Lees, Manager, Ottaker’s (now Waterstones) Kendal