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David Roche's thank you to supporters speech at the book launch for Just Where You Left It

Saturday, 16 September 2017

For anyone who missed the launch, and is interested, thanks to all who pledged their support for the book... 

Exciting things are starting to happen...

Friday, 3 February 2017

 We have a front jacket cover and all the illustrations are now in - illustrator Dave Cornmell has absolutely nailed it! Here's a sneak preview of a few...



The Sports Day


Finding a Mate

Frankly, Mrs Butler...

Bully For You


My Dad Is Sooo Embarrassing...


Haway! Been a stranger, no nib in my shed... (to the tune of Away in a Manger... hang on, it's still November)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Hurricane 2016 has nearly blown over - only one month to go. Thank the little lord Jesus for that! 

'Er, any progess on the book I've coughed up for?' many of you have asked. Well, the super-talented Dave Cornmell has sent through some really fantastic draft illustrations for the majority of the poems so we will work these up to the final drawings; see below for a sneak peek of a couple of early…

It's National Poetry Day - so here's a poem about how we have screwed everything up...

Thursday, 6 October 2016

It's National Poetry Day, the Party Conference season, Brexit will be triggered in March, Sterling has collapsed to an all time low. Haven't we done well? Here's a poem about Baby Boomers' legacy...


Thank You, Baby Boomers


There’s a group that suffers from rumours

And deserve our condemnation:

They’re called the Baby Boomers -

The Most Selfish Generation.


So just…

How much did you really enjoy your holidays?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Here’s a poem about family connectivity while on vocation...



For Goodness’ Sake - Let’s Take A Break...


When we used to go on holiday

There was a list of ‘de rigeurs’:

Sunshine, for sure; sand must be gold;

The sea should be azure.


One hour max. from the airport,

All-inclusive (so no tips),

A kids club for the parents

And every meal has chips…

chicken! Newspaper is patron for my book

Thursday, 11 August 2016

I am delighted to announce that chicken! Newspaper has come on board as patron of my book ‘Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems’, to be published by Unbound. The book is now over 100% funded as a result of its generous sponsorship, along with 160 other wonderful individuals who have pledged. Always room for more pledges at all levels, so to reserve your copy of the hardback - click here.

The poetry recital poem that started it all off...

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Hi and thank you again to those of you who have pledged to help make this book happen and get your copy. If you are interested in finding out more and pledging to get involved with have your name in the back of a limited hardback edition then find out more here. We're currently at 73% and have raised over £7,000 with around £2,300 to go. Given that we are over 2/3rds of the way there, I thought that…

You are in a Book Club. You all enjoy a glass (or several) of wine...

Friday, 8 July 2016

This is the essence of The First Rule of Book Club pledge level. You can arrange for a fantastic wine tasting evening for you and your friends and an accompanying discussion with the author about his book of humorous children's poems, in your normal Book Club surroundings.

David will come to your Book Club with signed copies of the book for all members. He will be accompanied by his son Daniel…

Schools Out - do your kids like any poems?

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Attention all PARENTS and TEACHERS - I know that many of you work closely with other parents to help your childrens' school organise activities and arrange fundraising events in order to make them happen.

- do your kids enjoy any poetry? If not (or not much) then do look at my new book which makes poems fun and is about things that your kids can relate to. It was born as a result of attending…

We have found a fantastic illustrator for my book!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

I'm delighted to tell you that the wonderful Dave Cornmell has agreed to draw the illustrations for Just Where You Left It... And Other Poems. You can see two of the sample illustrations on The Excerpt page on Unbound, and below is the one for the original poem that kicked the whole thing off a few years ago: The Poetry Recitation. What happens now is that we need to secure the pledges still required…

Book Machine interview with David Roche on crowdfunded publishing

Friday, 10 June 2016

Read my interview here with Book Machine that they published today. They wanted to know what was different about Unbound's model and what was great about it. Easy questions!

Drunk As A Lord pledge option

Friday, 10 June 2016

So the £500 pledge level for my book on Unbound is now 'As Seen on TV...' If you are curious about the 'Drunk As A Lord' option to accompany me to a day at an England match at Lord's then apparently you could see a sneak preview of the experience on Sky Sports yesterday. I would have had a banner had I known.

On offer is a full day out at the cricket with me accompanying you to the cricket on a…

Article in The Bookseller magazine

Friday, 3 June 2016

Nice to see an article on the Bookseller, the publishing industry magazine, about my book. 

You can read it here:

Article in The Bookseller

Friday, 3 June 2016

Nice to see an article on the Bookseller, the publishing industry magazine, about my book. 

You can read it here:

The Castle of Otranto pledge level - more information

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

I have been asked for more details about our apartment in Otranto for this pledge level. Otranto is a beautiful Italian coastal resort in the region of Salento, the Southernmost tip of Puglia in the heel of Italy. This is traditional and unspoilt Italy at its best. Much of Italy's olive oil comes from this region, along with fabulous wines such as the magnificent Negromara, Malvasia and Primitivo…

Publication date: August 2017
117% funded
178 backers