Making A Scene

I’m delighted to share my new book of poetry for all ages, inspired by the gorgeous black and white photos of Steve Ward. 


Sparkling with drama, humour, and insight it takes the reader on journeys through beautiful countryside and unexpected emotional twists and turns.

Escape to the places where characterful black and white nature photos meet Charley’s trademark mix of imaginative, joyful poetry for all ages. Our relationship with nature has never seemed more important; this book will take you on an emotional stroll thorough a forest which is crammed with dramatic stories.

Making a Scene words by Charley Elbow, photos by Steve Ward, see more at SW

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Making a Scene is now available on Kindle Unlimited. You could also ask your library for a copy.

Making a Scene’s Creation

Steve bought a second hand camera just before lockdown 2020. He showed me some of his wonderful photos and I picked out the ones that spoke to me (some shouted!). Mostly my poems were in response to his pictures, but I would occasionally give him a very tricky remit such as “two things that are different, together but apart”. He always delivered. 

My wish for the book was, and is, that everyone can feel as if they are wandering around a magical, energising, replenishing place, stopping wherever, whenever they wish to soak it all in.

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