You have a friend here


~Caine Davies~

Little John, you fret so much. What will be will be

We do not know what the future holds, or if we can be free

You are too talented to be here, your gift is wasted I know

If we aspire to better things, perhaps we’ll get a chance to go

I could not cope without you, do not leave me here alone

The walls inside this building are our only chance of a home

Have you never thought of marriage, having a decent woman on your arm?

Your face has changed, you have turned pale. Did I cause you some alarm?

Do not tell me you are ugly, we are young and  you are  shy

But time is on your side, John. You will spread your wings and fly

John, you have a friend here; you can always rely on me

Events might turn reality upside down. Let us wait and see.

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016


The Repulsive Reflection

With chilblains on his fingers and an icicle nose

John McGrath thought of those

Who were seemingly worse off than he

Living on the streets with no company

The beggars with nowhere to turn

And lonely people who always yearned

For a friend or a helping hand

A kind face willing to reprimand

John McGrath was not so poor

Yet of himself he was unsure;

He loathed the reflection gazing at him

With cutting cheekbones and pointy chin

He was a creature, what had he become?

Something drastic had to be done.


© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016


Kith And Kin- an August writing update.

August update

My second (full) draft of ‘Kith And Kin’ is now completed and stands at 84,611 words. I cannot begin to express how much I think it has improved since my (quite frankly poor) first draft. This second attempt helped me to get a better insight into my characters, and I managed to whittle the lengthy start down to about half. Ending the book was the hardest thing for me, and in all honesty, I was tempted to carry it on for longer.

My new book cover

I have been umming and aaahing over book covers for the past couple of weeks. Although my novel is not at ‘full completion’ stage yet, I have been toying with a few ideas. The first image I created was this:










I have to admit that I love the image. It was an original one, created by my sister Lucy. After researching the symbolism of moths, I found that they had links to death and growth, two of the main themes in my book. I love the image, but I was worried that people would not be able to see those links. Instead; I plan to put this moth either on the back of the eBook or on the first inside page. I felt that I needed something ‘tailor related’ as ‘Kith and Kin’ is the tale of eighteen year old John McGrath, a cotton mill worker who strives for more in his life.

With the help of my sister, Lucy (who has art and photography skills) we came up with this second image. I prefer the softer tones, but agree (after receiving feedback) that the font probably needs to be bolder and darker. This image reminds me of the titles during some of the costume dramas that I have seen, particularly the 1983 Jane Eyre mini-series.

Kith and Kin- better cover









Completion date?

Ideally, I would like to have this book up on Amazon in September- late Autumn. I am currently looking for more beta readers, and debating doing another re-draft depending on what kind of feedback I receive. Until then, I plan to continue writing related poetry and will post regular updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages.


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© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016