Hidden depths: Peter Street gets grave
Northwest publishing house Preeta Press have been in touch about an author and book which have got them excited ...
"Peter had no
confidence in reading and writing until at the age of 32, after a serious
accident when he badly injured his back, met an English Literature teacher from
a local high school who was in the next bed. Both were in hospital for an
extended period and during the boring long hours of recovery, Peter decided he
wanted to learn how to read and write and the teacher agreed to help him. They
have remained lifelong friends.
Following this, Peter discovered he an aptitude for writing poetry
and became well known on the national poetry scene and was given a grant to
write poetry from the the Royal Literary Fund. He has had several successful
published poetry collections.
At the age of 64, Peter was diagnosed with autism and whilst this
was a relief it was the impetus he needed to write
Hidden Depths is the first volume of his autobiography to be
published. He chronicles how working as a gravedigger, for the first time in
his life, he found social acceptance and friendships.
One of his first jobs was digging in sand and Peter imagined the
beaches at Blackpool. Unfortunately, the reality was much more frightening as
the sand came into the grave and began to drag him down. Luckily a fellow grave
digger noticed the situation and eventually it took two of them to get him out,
much to his relief. The next day there was a bucket and spade waiting for him
in the workman cabin.
"One of his first jobs was digging in sand and Peter imagined the beaches at Blackpool. Unfortunately, the reality was much more frightening as the sand came into the grave and began to drag him down."
There was also the poignant side of the work when he was given the
horrendous job of burying a stillborn baby, made more difficult as he knew the
Set in the middle 1960s, the book also tells the love story
between Peter and Sandra, who against the wishes of both sets of parents,
fought to be together."