Inspiration behind The Bowland Bard’s new book and tales of Lancashire life

Chipping poet William Michael Neary, aka the Bowland Bard.
Chipping poet William Michael Neary, aka the Bowland Bard.
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Chipping poet William Michael Neary, otherwise known as The Bowland Bard, has published a new booklet of verse called “A Million Diamonds”.

Already the author of a collection of poems entitled “My Way Home to Chippin’”, “A Million Diamonds” is the opening line of a poem in his new booklet.

“The words for the poem came to mind whilst travelling down the A59 I was on route to see my mother who at the time was very seriously ill in Royal Preston Hospital, “ explained Michael.

“The date was 7th January, 2010, the sun was beaming, the sky was clear blue and almost everywhere was covered in a deep layer of snow.

“As I drove along near Mellor, I noticed a snow capped roundabout encrusted with a million diamonds sparkling in the midday sun’. The rest as they say, is in the poem.”

Michael (pictured) hastened to add that his mother, who is now 85 years old, has made a slow, yet “sparkling” recovery. The booklet contains many down-to-earth, easy-to-understand lyrical poems, mostly about the people and places Michael has known and sometimes loved.

“There are some fascinating truths to tell where poems have literally arrived out of thin air, “ he explained.

“A Million Diamonds” is a spiral bound A5 booklet of 31 heartfelt, lyrical poems costing £5 plus postage and packaging. For more information email:

The booklet is available from retailers in Chipping as well as Jim King’s Garage, Whalley, Charisma Cards, Old Station Café and the Heritage Centre, Longridge.

They are also at Clitheroe and Preston Tourist Information Centres.

The stories of inspiration behind some of the poems including “Just Lads”, “A True Gem” and “The Message”, Michael described as “quite profound” and he urged people to go along, have a listen and enjoy the words spoken.