Roofer Poet William Letford Lands Book Deal (VIDEO)
Letters in bottles... love notes carved into trees... poems hidden in roofs... who doesn't like to find writing in unusual places?
At least that's the view of writer and roofer William Letford who, prior to his new book deal, hid his poem amongst the beams and joists of his hometown of Stirling, Scotland.
"I don't sign them and don't take note of where they are. I didn't plan any of them and apart from the people I was working with, nobody knew they were up there.
"In 100 years or so it will be incredible if somebody stumbles across them."
Letford received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2008, and after securing a publishing deal with Carcanet Press, is preparing to release his first collection, Bevel, in 2012.
Roofing is a source of inspiration for the poet - how many people can say that about their jobs? - and Bevel will contain several poems that use his trade as a source of imagery.
He told the Scottish Book Trust: "I work as a roofer. People often comment on how different writing is from roofing, and they're right, but what's wrong with that? I get to work outside, watch streets and towns from different angles and glimpse people's lives through their back gardens. Plus, most of the time the only thing above me is the sky."
Michael Schmidt, Managing and Editorial Director of Carcanet Press, said: "Billy first stood out to me as a remarkable performer of his work, speaking it from memory and keeping his eye on the audience, not the page. His poems are always accessible, but they are not as simple as they may seem at first."
See Letford perform his poem 'Be Prepared' in the video below.