Paul’s page-turner could be a charity success story

Author Paul Richardson with his book 'The Knotted Handkerchief'.'REF 1809141614
Author Paul Richardson with his book 'The Knotted Handkerchief'.'REF 1809141614

A seasoned author has put pen to paper for the sake of charity in his latest work.

Morpeth writer Paul Richardson has previously published three books, a mix of novels and poetry, to critical acclaim.

And now he has penned a collection of eight short stories under the title The Knotted Handkerchief.

The book has been published to raise funds for Dementia Forward, a Yorkshire-based charity, and takes its title from the main story, which focuses on the issue of Alzheimer’s Disease.

However, each of the pieces has a different theme, with another longer piece, The Last Dance, set in the fictional place of Midford and written as a commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

There are two extracts from Mr Richardson’s novel Footsteps Of The Brave included, a poem An Open Page, and an auto-biographical piece, The First Job.

Mr Richardson, the son of former Mitford vicar the Rev Jack Richardson, who wrote the popular Jack in the Pulpit series of books, has used his own experiences to help shape the stories.

And he said the book was the perfect tonic for helping his recovery from major heart surgery.

“I had done a lot of work for Dementia Forward on a voluntary basis, including one or two fund-raising talks with regard to other books, so they approached me to write a story for them about dementia,” he said.

“I had just been through a major heart operation, which has a long recovery period, so it was a good time for me to write the story. It gave me something to do and something to focus on.

“The charity loved it and asked if we could put it into print so that’s where the collection came from.

“I haven’t been affected by dementia myself, but it is an indiscriminate illness and it is a case of but for the grace of God.

“We hope to make about £5,000 for the charity from the book, but also to highlight dementia and the charity’s work.”

The book costs £7.99 and is available to buy online at www.dementiaforward.org.uk and www.talulahpublishing.co.uk