Poet, painter, photographer, playwright, novelist, actor, philospher, etc…
Steve Walker was born in England and lives in France.
His first poetry collections were A COASTAL TOWN (1978)
and I AM AGAINST THE MOUSE PEOPLE (1984).
He has written dozens of award-winnging radio plays for the BBC,
including THE POPE”S BROTHER (1990), HABBAKUK OF ICE (2001)
and CARMEN (2012) and many more for networks around the world.
His stageplays include LIKE THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS (1992)
and TUSKERS (2002), produced in London, as well as his one-man improvised plays,
the next of which is his DE GAULLE OF THE SEASON,
where he plays the late French leader, a different play every time he takes to the stage.
His Television shows THE ANIMALS OF FARTHING WOOD and NOAH’S ISLAND,
about an ideal community of animals floating around the world,
are favourites worldwide. His novels include 21ST CENTURY BLUES,
telling the future before it happens and the detective story PLETHORA OF GITS
Has held 64 one-man shows of his paintings, drawings and prints.
Currently he is writing a book about The Philosophy of Prehistoric Art,
as well as a bumper book of sonnets. .
A Tune That Makes All Soldiers Sleep
To write a tune that makes all soldiers sleep
Was the sort of daft well-meaning notion
That Mrs Jones said would leave him ruined.
He walked through misty pines with his kazoo
Making mild noises, high unwarlike cones
Bombing down for a soft bounce too mute
To inspire his sweet lullaby for grunts.
Carlotta, meanwhile, would take it all back
If he could make history in this way.
Despairing peeps brought out stag and bear cubs,
Wide awake, bored in the wild, uninvolved,
But startled when the redcoats came knees high,
Long gone when he was on the promontory
Blowing his best, buttons aglow below.