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.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

David Cassidy - d. November 21st 2017

This morning
I woke to a day
like a bad dream;
death in the Family,
all those damp-eyed girls
too young to know love
who thought
they loved you.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rodney Bewes - d. November 21st 2017

The truth of you
was in a million men 
called Bob; suited,
suburban, provincial, 
souvenirs of the people 
we used to be.



Jana Novotná - d. November 19th 2017

When life contrives 
to slam your sharpest serves 
back, and back, listen 
for the whisper 
at your ear; don't worry,
you'll win this one day.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Keith Barron - d. November 15th 2017

I’m sure I saw you
on the box
only last night,
comfortably real
in a low-ratings show
where all the parts
were bit parts.









Monday, 13 November 2017

Tim Gudgin - d. November 8th 2017

From the missing channel
comes a voice, nimble
cadences of scoreless draws
and late kick-offs moving like
scales to a harmonic point of rest.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Fats Domino - d. October 24th 2017

It's the aftershow party,
everyone’s here. Fat man
grins, paws rollin’, voice 
like a slurred trombone.
Down here it's still,
the thrill is gone.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

George Young - d. October 22nd 2017

1 The beat was not easy 
2 One hell of a band 
3 Your mind was on Friday 
4 No flash in the pan 
5 So what’s it to be, George?



Monday, 23 October 2017

Rosemary Leach - d. October 21st 2017


How often the camera
pushed you to the shoulder
of the frame, missing
that ordinary glamour,
that sultry stage-croak,
that neglected smoulder.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sean Hughes - d. October 15th 2017

After all the shows,
those poems of sadness
and light,
it comes to this;
a beginning, a middle
without an end,
a joke
waiting for a punchline.



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tom Petty - d. October 2nd 2017

A forgotten town,
choked in dust.
You've been here many times before.
But none step down
from this tour bus,
you won't come around here no more.

Read about Tom Petty here


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hugh Hefner - d. September 27th 2017

How revolutionary to die
in silk pyjamas, have Bunnies 
hoist your bier on bare shoulders,
walk you through man-crowds
to your father's mansion.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tony Booth - d. September 25th 2017

St Peter hears
a cockney voice
Tell 'im to cut 'is 'air
It was good enough 
for Lennon and Trotsky; 
it's good enough 
for a randy Scouse git.

Liz Dawn - September 25th 2017

I saw her; an old swamp duck
squawking through the drizzle
of a Manchester sky,
circling the sooty chimneys,
turning away across the Red Rec.

Read about Elizabeth Dawn here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

William G. Stewart - d. September 21st 2017

Who said
'We start with three lives;
the one we dream of,
the one we fear,
the one we live'?
Sorry William,
lights out.

read about William G. Stewart here

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Harry Dean Stanton - d. September 15th 2017

There you go,
playing your final 
haunted man,
face like a ruined mansion,
in from the blinding desert,
back to the old freezerino.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Grant Hart - d. September 14th 2017

Do you remember
the beautiful noise,
the hardcore honey?
Turned on the news
to hear it had been 
cut out, 
cut down to size.

Read about Grant Hart here

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Frank Vincent - d. September 13th 2017

In this thing of ours
a wiseguy's worth 
his weight 
in provolone
I heard a cry 
popped the trunk
but there was
just a note that said
fuhgeddaboudit


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Walter Becker - d. September 3rd 2017

I bought a thrill from you,
a groove cool and literate,
spinning to its own logic.
Walter, you had my number.

read about Walter Becker here


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tobe Hooper - d. August 26th 2017

While there are shadows 
on a sinister street,
noises in the attic, 
the fuzz of TV static,
the buzz of a chainsaw
you're here.