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Life in Rhyme: An Evening with James Lettice

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24 June at 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00 per person

81-year old writer, poet, sober alcoholic and storyteller James “Jim” Lettice invites you to an evening with him and some special guests to enjoy tales, poems and songs from his colourful life.

Jim worked at Blackpool Magistrates Court for 35-years and it was 44-years ago when he woke up on the floor of the court that he realised he should give up drinking. Inspired by the openness of his new AA community, the kindness and forgiveness of those closest to him and Rabbie Burns’ name for whisky he composed his first ever poem “John Barleycorn The Thief” on his walk to work. It wasn’t finished until 15-years later when he was recovering from a cancer operation, but since then his writing has gone from strength to strength. Encouraged by his friends and family, Jim discovered how much he enjoys the power of rhyming sounds and how through his writing he can connect with others.

Jim is part of a monthly writing group at The Old Electric and wants to share his words with audiences to raise some much-needed funds for the organisation as, in his own words “I believe in what you’re doing here” – he is kindly donating all proceeds from this event to the venue.

Jim has written several books including three for children; his life story “Long Journey to Jimbopo” will be available to buy on the night and Jim will be happy to sign your copy after the event. There will also be the opportunity to make additional donations on the night.

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