Olive Sweetman’s interest in monologues and poems began as a 10-year-old schoolgirl during World War 2. At local concerts she would recite well known monologues such as ‘Albert and the Lion’ by Marriott Edgar and famously performed by Stanley Holloway. She then started to write her own and having been born and brought up in Maghull Liverpool she found it natural to write in the Lancashire idiom.
After moving to North Wales, Olive served for many years, as a Community Councillor and Youth Leader in Gwernymynydd.
In 1981 she was employed by BBC Local Radio based in Mold as an interviewer and presenter on the BBC Radio Clwyd morning programme. Sadly the station no longer exists on air, but there is a tribute website to Radio Clwyd at this address: http://657khz.co.uk/. Olive retired in 1993.
This collection of humorous monologues and poems is in the tradition of well known works such as ‘Albert and the Lion’ by Marriott Edgar and famously performed by Stanley Holloway. As a young girl Olive would recite these at local concerts and, having been born and brought up in Maghull near Liverpool, as an adult she found it natural to write in the Lancashire idiom.