Andrew Button was born in 1965 in Nottingham. He has been a librarian all his working life. He currently lives in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. He has had many poems placed in magazines and a pamphlet, Dry Days in Wet Towns, was published in 2016. The Melted Cheese on the Cosmic Pizza, (published by erbacce Press, Liverpool in November 2017), is his first full collection.
Andrew always wanted to be a writer from the age of about thirteen and was fortunate enough to be encouraged to write poetry by an English teacher who nurtured his talent. The late Liverpool poet Adrian Henri is also to blame. He came to his school near Nottingham (Frank Wheldon Comprehensive School in Carlton as it was called then) when he was fifteen to work with keen young poets and produce an anthology of their poems.
His other poetic influences include, to name but a few, Ian MacMillan, Simon Armitage, Phillip Larkin, Roger McGough, Ray Bradbury, the lyrics of 10cc, Kate Bush and Mary Chapin Carpenter, music in general and Yorkshire tea.
Andrew’s poetry is drawn largely from the world around him. It’s observational, anecdotal and ironic. He likens himself to a poetic eavesdropper! Sources of inspiration range from quirky news stories like the woman who took her a horse into McDonalds, popular culture especially music and films, to his own experiences of life and love (althoug
h he claims the latter is unconscious) and woodlice! As fellow Leicestershire poet, Siobhan Logan, put it, his poems “swerve from the apocalyptic to the domestic, from cosmic to comic, on the flip of a coin.”
He says that playing cricket on the beach as a small boy while his brother dug up the pitch, sniffing banda sheets at school, watching warring parents from under his bed and a farcical bicycle accident at seventeen, are just some of the experiences that have helped to make him the poet that he is today.
- Dry Days in Wet Towns (poetry pamphlet) – erbacce press, Liverpool, 2016
- Melted Cheese on the Cosmic Pizza (erbacce press, Liverpool, 2017)
- Numerous poems published in magazines including: Staple, Orbis, Envoi, Iota, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Under the Radar.
- Poems in various anthologies including most recently: The Templar Anthology 2016 (Templar Poetry, 2016), Welcome to Leicester: poems about the city (Dahlia Publishing, 2016) and Leicester 2084 AD : New Poems about the City (Civic Leicester, 2018).
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What they said about Dry Days in Wet Towns:
“Above all, Andrew Button’s poems are rooted and real, and the precise and familiar evocation of the world is – to me – warmly welcoming” (Helena Nelson, Happenstance Press).
“These are hugely enjoyable poems – sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, sometimes both at the same time, they are always thought provoking, engaging and beautifully shaped” (Jonathan Taylor, poet, novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at DeMontfort University).
What they said about Melted Cheese on the Cosmic Pizza:
Andrew Button’s poetic pizza is topped with an eclectic range of flavours: The Beatles, Cinema, childhood, Lowry, Ray Bradbury, polo mints and a horse with a penchant for McDonalds. Button has a distinctive, wry, humorous way of surveying the world, which even dealing with its darker side, is still clear-sighted and upbeat. (Maria Taylor, poet)
Like a poetry jukebox, quirky titles invite you to spin their tracks. Button’s poems swerve from the apocalyptic to the domestic, from cosmic to comic, on the flip of a coin; rhymes pinging with wit and sudden pathos. Clocks, bereavement, mislaid love, B-sides, a rent-collecting Lowry and star-hopping Elvis, all jostle to leave you humming their tune, thumbing a knock-out phrase long after they’re played out. Stack up those dimes and settle in; you won’t be short-changed here. (Siobhan Logan, poet)
Awards & Prizes
Runner up in the Erbacce prize for poetry, 2016
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
Andrew Button has appeared and performed widely and regularly at poetry open mic events and venues presenting his comic, quirky and poignant view of life to appreciative adult audiences. He is keen to bring his brand of poetry to the festival circuit. In 2017 he devised a two hour radio programme for Talk Back Radio in Leicester, Poetry, Pop and Roll, which he presented and performed with fellow local poets Maria Taylor and Jayne Stanton.
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