Hairdresser Dale’s poem makes cut for new book

Dale Neal reads his story at the book launch (s)
Dale Neal reads his story at the book launch (s)
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A Barrowford hairdresser has switched his scissors to be a scribe as a poem he penned has been published in a children’s book.

Dale Neal’s piece entitled “My Grandad Burt’s an Alien” is featured in the newly released children’s anthology “Watcher of the Skies”, published by The Emma Press.

Dale Neal, from Barrowford, at the launch of the book in London with co-editors Rachel Piercey (left) and Emma Wright (right) (s)

Dale Neal, from Barrowford, at the launch of the book in London with co-editors Rachel Piercey (left) and Emma Wright (right) (s)

Dale attended the launch of the book at Blackwell’s in London where he read his poem and met fellow contributors.

He began writing stories for fun for his friends’ children but after getting a taste for it he is already planning an illustrated story book of his own entitled “Hippo in a Half Pipe” to be released in 2017.

Dale said: “I started out as a hobby. I’ve always enjoyed writing from school and I write silly stories for family and friends.

“They enjoyed them and one suggested sending them to a publisher.

“I had completely forgotten I had done it when I was contacted by a publisher and now it is out.

“At the launch I was very nervous, I couldn’t believe it. I was a bit starstruck to be honest.

“There are people there whose work I have followed and admired for a long time.

“It’s been a bit bizarre. I’m used to cutting hair all day, not emailing publishers. It’s like another world.

“It’s really good and enjoyable. I have enough material to publish one a year for years. But it’s a part time job and I’m not giving up the hairdressing.”

The book can be bought from Amazon, Blackwell’s, Waterstones and WH Smith.