Monday, 26 May 2008
Pam Ayres was born at Stanford in the Vale in Oxfordshire.
She went to same school as my younger brother in Faringdon, and to this day lives down the road from where my family live.
As kids, my older sister was mad about her poems, and being a younger sibling, whatever tickled my sister's fancy, piqued my interest. 'I wish I'd looked after my teeth' prompted me to brush regularly, morning and night. This poem was also voted into the Top 10 of a BBC poll to find the Nation's 100 Favourite Comic Poems.
I discovered poetry at around the age of eight, thanks to her, and I learned to write poetry by reading her, basically. I used to write volumes of the stuff.
Her feeling for rhythm and wit was inspired by Lonnie Donegan.
Pam Ayres MBE (born 14 March 1947)