To raise funds for a statue in honour of the writer Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave ('Kes') and many other works.
by Ronnie Steele in Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
Well done to everyone who' s been so proactive in this tribute to a wonderful writer and who has obviously touched many lives as an inspirational person. I wish your project every success.
Ronnie - what a brilliant idea. Like you, I am a teacher (Primary) who has found Barry's writing truly inspirational. I bet he'd laugh about the idea of a memorial sculpture ('what's all the bloody fuss about'), but one is richly deserved and will be looked on fondly by a lot of people. Would give more if I could. Good luck with this, really want you to succeed.
On behalf and in memory of, my brother John Brookes, who passed away in 2008 aged 49. He was greatly influenced by this movie and went on to train his own Kestrel called Kessie and further birds of prey as did all the family. The film is an honest tribute to the era of the area.
Barnsley Writers meet every Thursday morning in the hall of Buckley Methodist Church. We are committed to supporting writing, writers and writing events in Barnsley. Many of us have personal memories of Barry Hines and all of us have tales of the tremendous impact of 'Kes'. We want to support this project and see public honour given to an important and influential Barnsley writer!
Brilliant idea. Barnsley valuing its heritage! When I taught at Ecclesfield School, Barry came to share his writing life with my students. 'A Kestrel for a Knave' could/can switch on any reluctant teenage reader. Graham Ibbeson will do Barnsley proud as always. Good luck with this project! Eternal Memory, Barry.