We are sad to record the passing of Stanley Middleton, novelist, who died on Sunday morning, aged 89. A provincial writer, who lived in Nottingham, for many years Stanley taught English at High Pavement Grammar School, where one of his pupils was Philip Davis. Some of his teaching passed into this Reader project and shaped it. Stan was an encouraging supporter of The Reader magazine since it was founded in 1997.
I join them gladly, see myself
As nothing special, hardly mark
Remarking, but dust again, ash
A hapless pinch on the surface of the earth
And in another poem, of prayer, he writes
It is as if
God begged me to speak
To Him, say anything, anything.
Who’d ask a frog to croak?
No frog’s croak, his careful observant writing recorded in more than forty novels how it felt to be that ‘nothing special… hapless pinch’ .
He will be missed by a loving family and by many friends, ex-pupils and readers.
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