Local writer donates books to theatre
Local writer, Ron Owen, has donated a number of copies of his new book, a selection of short stories entitled, Stories of Love and Human Frailty to the Live Theatre Winchester Trust. These books are available from Theatre Royal Winchester’s Box Office for a suggested donation of between £5 and £10. All funds raised go to the Live Theatre Winchester Trust, the charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair.
This collection of short stories talk about love – paternal, lustful and forbidden; and human fragility – a failure to keep promises; keep passion under control; and put duty before indulgence.
His characters are based on people he has met in real life, like the young teenage girl he confronted in Rome after she stole his wallet; who find themselves in situations he has experienced or developed for them, in locations he has visited on holiday, including America and Spain.
Ron, who has lived in Winchester with his wife Colleen for the past four decades, has enjoyed writing for as many years, producing poems and a short play too, about two British and German soldiers who bond during half-time of the 1914 Christmas Day truce football match.
The 85-year-old said: “All the stories have a bit of me in them and were triggered by some people or situation arriving in my life. When you’ve been around as long as I have, you don’t have to invent people, you just develop stories around them. I write about human nature and I want readers to understand what makes humans tick.”