The Kates Hill Press was saddened to learn this week of the death of Dave Reeves. Dave was a prodigious writer and magnificent performance poet. He was also an energetic promoter of west midlands writing, particularly in the Black Country. We at the Kates Hill Press are indebted to Dave for his support in our early formative years. At the time he was literature officer for Sandwell Council, and helped promote our first novel, The sportsman. by Clarice Hackett. The three of us went to many events across the libraries of Sandwell promoting the book. He also ensured that Sandwell libraries ordered our titles, a tradition that has continued to this day. Our home council, Dudley, has never extended the same courtesy.
The last time we saw Dave was several years ago at a Red By Night event at the Black Country Museum. He mused about sending us some material about JBs. Sadly it never transpired, and sadly, the Black Country literati have lost one of our brightest stars.
RIP Dave, and many thanks for all your support over the years, not just to The Kates Hill Press, but to all of us who hold west midlands writing dear.