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William Thompson - Low Country Poet


William Thompson was born in 1901 at Ballyfrench, a rural townland between Ballyhalbert and Portavogie in the "Low Country" of the middle of the Ards Peninsula.  He was the fifth of seven children and worked in the fields and farms all his life.  He carried a notebook and pencil everywhere he went, making notes which eventually became his poetry.


He went door-to-door on foot, selling booklets of his poems for sixpence each, with all proceeds going to the Cloughy Lifeboat.  His proudest achievement came in August 1953 when he saw the launch of Cloughey's last lifeboat, the Constance Calverley, which sales of his poetry booklet had raised money for.


This book contains all of his surviving poems, capturing the lives of many of the Low Country's most famous characters.  They provide a local perspective of the major events of the 20th Century, from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the sinking of the Princess Victoria in 1952.


Price includes £1.50 towards P&P.  All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the RNLI.  We can also accept Cheques.  Please contact us for further details.

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