Weʼve raised £800 to fund a memorial bench at Stanley Park, Blackpool to celebrate of the life of David Riley.
- Funded on Friday, 18th January 2019
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David Riley passed away in Belfast on the 15th September, 2018; having spent the last year of his life completing the MA in Poetry at Queen's University. He had just submitted his final piece of work, having attended every lecture and event during his time there.
I have set up this page to raise money for a memorial bench at Stanley Park in Blackpool. I have chosen this location because it was a place he loved. He went there as a boy with his Pop; when I was a child he took me there every Sunday; before his move to Belfast he walked around there almost every day, and watched his granddaughters play there.
At a later date I will be organising a celebration of David's life at Stanley Park. I will be inviting people to attend. People are welcome to contribute any poems or stories they'd like reading at the event, even if they can't be there in person. Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to submit something now, or if you'd like to be invited to the event. My email address is email@example.com
- 4 months ago
Emily Riley4 months ago
Thank-you so much to everyone who has contributed. It's been so lovely to read everyone's messages. The bench has now been ordered. It will be in place in 9-12 weeks, and it will be close to the clock tower. The provisional date for the memorial event is the 23rd March - close to my dad's birthday. Please do get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to share any memories. Many, many thanks, Emily
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School of Arts, English & Languages & the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University
Oct 4, 2018
Oct 3, 2018
It was a pleasure discussing poetry with David over the course of the year he spent with us on the MA in Poetry. A gentle, kind and funny man - he will be missed.
Sep 30, 2018
EmilyI am so very sorry to learn of Dave's passing. He was a good friend for over 30 years. My most sincere sympathies.Alan
Sep 27, 2018
It was a pleasure and a privilege to get to know David Riley, even if briefly, during the MA in Poetry at Queens 2017-2018. My deepest sympathy to David's family & friends.
Sep 24, 2018
Good luck. I hope you reach the target.
Sep 24, 2018
Sep 21, 2018
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