A Bury poet has penned and published his third book in two years.

Richard Easton, 55, hosted an event to promote his book, titled "Shoelaces" at Hollins Community Centre, just yards away from the Hollins Vale, which has been a source of inspiration for several of his poems.

Around 35 guests who attended the book launch were treated to over an hour of Richard’s poetry, with a section dedicated to the Hollins Vale and the animals that live there, including a pair of swans he has fondly named Jacob and Penelope.

Richard said: “These swans have served as a positive focus for so many people throughout the coronavirus pandemic, providing a beautiful distraction from the difficulties lockdown imposed."

The dad-of-three and retired police officer also draws inspiration from his time on the force and life events such as the pandemic and Ukrainian war, as well as a few quippy poems about his cat, his time as a teenager and his football club Manchester United.

Richard has previously published two other books, "Words, Thoughts and Observations" in Autumn 2020 and "Rambling through Lockdown" published in Autumn 2021.

These first two books raised funds for charities including Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and Bury Hospice.

Richard has recently performed at a number of events including a support spot to Ramsbottom poet, Steven P. Taylor at The Met Theatre in Bury in February.

He is also set to perform a set at Glaston-Bury in August. 

To order a copy of "Shoelaces" and for more information, you can visit his website here.