West Norfolk poet William Alderson to launch his collection of poems on war, terrorism and refugees
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A former video editor of television news has penned a collection of poems on conflicts which have rocked the world in the last 40 years.
Titled A Moment of Disbelief; poems on war, terrorism and refugees, West Norfolk poet William Alderson explores the repercussions of war and provides a different perspective beyond what we see on our television screens.
Mr Alderson, from Stoke Ferry, worked in BBC television news for 25 years and has been an active trade unionist. He founded King's Lynn Stop the War in 2003 of which he is still a member.
'Television does not give you the complete truth.' Mr Alderson said. 'It is the photo version.
'I saw the process at work, it is very easy to accept the filtered version.'
The collection of poems are 40 years in the making, a reflection of Mr Alderson's personal interaction of events and how media portrayals of conflict differs from the reality of the civilian victims who live through them.
Mr Alderson has dedicated the poems to Dritan and Ilir Dauti, the Kosovan refugees he had successfully campaigned to remain in the UK.
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He said he was 'absolutely delighted' when international publishers Poetry Salzburg, based at the University of Salzburg in Austria, took on his work.
He added: 'I am particularly proud to have it published, it is a collection that I feel is particularly needed at this time.'
The collection will be launched at a free event in the West Norfolk Deaf Association's Old Bookshop, in High Street, Downham Market, at 2pm on Sunday, September 3.
A vigil will be held at the Downham Market town clock at 12pm on Saturday, September 2, to protest against the escalating tension in the US and North Korea.
Mr Alderson added: 'We are still remembering the Great War of 100 years ago, and the hope that it would be 'the war to end all wars'.
'However, not only was that hope not realised, but we have seen increasing steps towards the massive involvement of civilians as casualties of war, and now the USA and North Korea are threatening to take us into an even greater crisis.'
A Moment of Disbelief is retailing for £7 and can be purchased online.