Troubador Walking with Angels

Released: 28/07/2015

ISBN: 9781784623272

eISBN: 9781784627805

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Walking with Angels

Poems to uplift and inspire

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I didn’t realise that my poems reflected a journey until they were gathered together and arranged in sequence for this book. Before that, they lived in various places around the house, most of them scribbled on scraps of paper or Post-it notes, or the proverbial back of an envelope, and either stuffed in a drawer or languishing in random notebooks in a box. It is time they saw the light of day. Lightness, brightness and hope turned out to be common themes. I had doodled my first poem – ‘Maybe’ – shortly before a momentous, life-changing event took place. My husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2009 and given months to live. Fortunately for us and our three sons, he defied the odds and continued to enjoy a remarkably high quality of life for four years before he died, peacefully, in 2013. During these four years, we were living with the knowledge that the end of his life might come at any time. And yet, isn’t that the same for us all? In a funny way, it was a privilege to be put ‘on notice’. Life was brought into sharp focus and perspective. Life was for living right now, and in as an enriching way as possible. All the poems, based on my deep life experience, are offered to uplift, inspire and console. If there is just one which resonates with you, or with someone you know, then I am content. And if you are inspired to follow your dream, please don’t wait. Do it now.

Many thanks to Kay White for a beautiful reading of one of my poems 'The Olive Tree' at her recent event. Afterwards, all 20 advance copies were sold, with extra donations raising £200 for Cancer Research UK.

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This is an inspiring collection of poems that powerfully illustrate the emotional journey that the author made during the final years of her husband's life. The poems contain moments of sadness, hope, perceptiveness, sheer joy at being together and wry humour. They left me with a strong sense of the author's loss but an even stronger sense of her love for her family and for life. They are beautifully written and demonstrate acute and sensitive powers of observation.

by Adele Sinclair


These short poems can be read and enjoyed by anyone. The author is warm and funny, showing with a lightness of touch how life is for living, whatever may be thrown at us. Sorrow lies behind many of the poignant subjects of the poems but this serves to clarify the joy to be found in unexpected places. Those who are bereaved, as is Claire, will identify with the poems, but there is something in them for everyone. I especially liked the poem that gave the book its title, as it hints at a bigger dimension to life than we can see with our eyes.

by Carolyn Scriven


Claire's strength and positivity shines through in her poems; she is an object lesson to us all to appreciate and make the most of the precious time we have.

by Celia Cotton


Simplicity and the power of Claire's words spring at you from every page. Masterfully understated and all the more engaging because if it.

by Kay White


This collection of poems encompasses the emotions, hopes and fears of someone dealing with the terminal prognosis and death of a loved one. There is enormous sadness but many of the poems are uplifting and beautiful. I particularly liked the Kingfisher and Walking with Angels. The poems are brave, uplifting and inspiring.

by Richard P Phillips


A recommended read for anyone who is following, or has followed, a similar journey. This brief set of poems will bring tears to your eyes, smiles and support for whatever the future brings. Well done Claire - Louise. I look forward to the next set.

by Pete


This collection is a joy - a glimpse of a life that is personal and poignant - but happy and wry too. Price says her aim is to inspire and uplift but equally the poems bring a smile and a tear. They capture a gamut of experience - as a mother, wife and widow - times that are joyous and times that are sad, as Price lives through the illness of her husband.

They span the pedestrian and humdrum to the spiritual: from the author's humorous observations on dreams of being a ballet dancer to her moving account of her husband's death. The Torch, the Kingfisher, Walking with Angels…all these will, as Price says, be an imprint "painted indelibly on the memory." Poems of life, for life.

by Frances Cahill


Claire's poems are brilliant. They are deeply personal, but they also inspired and encouraged me. Claire captures moods so successfully using few words. I love the way she focuses on the positive, making me smile and cry at the same time. My favourites are Walking with Angels, The Cruise and The Olympian.

by Stella Grant


Walking with Angels is one of the most beautiful poetry collections I have read. The poems really spoke to me as I pondered on different aspects of my life. The author seems an expert on writing just enough to understand the theme but leaves the reader with enough to bring out their own interpretation. This is very true with Maybe and how a thought dies or progresses from its original birth. I recommend this book for anyone wants to be inspired and touched by the power of words in a poetry form.

by Viv Marriott


Claire-Louise Price

Claire's background is in writing, journalism and public relations.

She started writing poetry in 2009.

Her first collection of poetry Walking with Angels was published in 2014 (ebook) and 2015 (print). The sequel, Dancing with Love, will be published on 28 May 2019.


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