About Otwituaries


I started tweeting these poetic obituaries via Twitter on the death of Ernest Borgnine in July 2012. After a while a friend asked if I would gather them together, so I have created this blog as an archive. New Otwituaries will appear here as well as being broadcast via Twitter and Facebook.


All the Otwituaries are written very quickly on the day their subjects pass away, so are maybe a little lacking in polish, but they are all from the heart. They represent the people who have, in some way, touched my life - actors, sportsmen and women, TV personalities, writers, musicians and explorers. These people are already immortal, and therefore don't need my help, but I hope you enjoy reading these short poetic sketches all the same.

Monday, 17 July 2017

George A. Romero - d. July 16th 2017

He is laid to rest,
yet I see the twitch
of an undead limb,
see his body rise, walk.
He came for me;
he is coming for you.

Martin Landau - d. July 15th 2017

Main Mission 
is impossibly silent,
all Eagles grounded. 

An Alpha Male 
falls out of orbit
with no way home.

Read about Martin Landau here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Liu Xiaobo - d. July 13th 2017

[This Otwituary
has been censored.
Its author is under

house arrest. Anyone
circulating it will 
be subject to arrest
and imprisonment].

Read about Liu Xiaobo here

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ray Phiri - d. July 12th 2017

The train of music
stops at every station,
yet is unstoppable.
It comes for you now,
whistling through the veldt,
whispering in the deep.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Barry Norman - d. June 30th 2017

In the dark screening of life
it is not enough
to watch but not see,
to see but not understand,
to understand but not tell.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Michael Bond - d. June 27th 2017

At the word herbidacious
the gate opens; a man
steps through, duffled,
marmalade-flecked.
Handwritten label pleads
Please look after this writer.

Read about Michael Bond here


Monday, 19 June 2017

Brian Cant - d. June 19th 2017

Ready to play?
(that's P-L-A-Y)
then throw wide 
the windows,
throw out the rules.
I lived in a house;
you made it a school.

Read about Brian Cant here







Sunday, 11 June 2017

Adam West - June 9th 2017

Foolishly, I left the 
Death Repellent Spray
in the Batcopter
and BIFF! BANG! POW!
you had slid down
the Batpole of eternity.



Monday, 5 June 2017

Peter Sallis - d. June 2nd 2017

1921 was a good vintage;
dignified on the nose, grassy 
and autumnal on the tongue, 
hint of hills and motorcycle tyres.
Would go well with cheese.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Roy Barraclough - d. June 1st 2017

Last time I saw him
he was by the optics,
Embassy Regal 
and a large Irish,
face like a busted sofa,
a hint of lipstick
,
ringing last orders.


Monday, 29 May 2017

John Noakes - d. May 28th 2017

So many ways to go;
the unopened parachute,
the mangled bobsled,
the rogue elephant.
Instead, the fading steps
of a man, following his dog.

Read about John Noakes here

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Roger Moore - d. May 23rd 2017

I was unwilling to be
persuaded of your death,
believing the final bullet
would be yours,
that you would always
keep the British end up.

Read about Roger Moore here

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Chris Cornell - d. May 17th 2017

This morning brought me no euphoria;
the sun off sick with melancholia.
A voice I thought to be unstoppable
tails off into the superunknowable.

Read about Chris Cornell here

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Geoffrey Bayldon - d. May 10th 2017

You were 
my brother-in-magic,
stepping out 
of a pre-electrick age,
hiding out 
in the tower 
of my childhood.

Read about Geoffrey Bayldon here



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Robert Miles - d. May 9th 2017

I’m in the queue
for a club called Dreamland. 
Dancers a thousand deep, 
blissed out and young again,
wait for the piano, 
the eternal breakdown.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Leo Baxendale - d. April 23rd 2017

When the bell rings
and it's time to go

I will remember you;
a crafty smirk, 
a smoking nib,
a style that was
never too cool 
for school.


Read about Leo Baxendale here

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Jonathan Demme - d. April 26tth 2017

In close-up
no-one blinks.
In close-up
the twist is always out of shot.
In close up
it starts making sense.

read about Jonathan Demme here



Monday, 17 April 2017

Clifton James - d. April 15th 2017

In this Parish,
everybody needs
to breach the peace
once in a while,
cut and run,
churn up the bayou
and that means you, smartass.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

John Geils Jr. - d. April 11th 2017

Eventually
all blood runs cold,
and phantom rockers
may behold
their cloud-girt angel
as God's centrefold.



Saturday, 8 April 2017

Brian Matthew - d. April 8th 2017

This was our old mate, 
foot-tapping and avid till the end, 
inverting the old cliché; 
if you don’t remember the 60’s 
you could still go there. 

Read about Brian Matthew here