The Walking Door
John Paddy Browne gave his first talk about folk song while still at school in Ireland in the early 1950s.

He joined John Edgar Mann, then a journalist with the Southern Evening Echo, to form the Fo'c'sle Folk Club in Southampton over 40 years ago. The Fo'c'sle is still going strong.

JPB started a series of lectures on the history of folk song for The Workers' Educational Association and Hampshire Education Authority, and these ran for many years in several southern towns and cities.

John Paddy Browne
He has written extensively on folk music for a large number of papers and journals, including many overseas publications. He created the club Newsletter Fo'c'sle News and was Editor of Folk on Tap for seven years.

His book The Folk Songs of Old Hampshire was the first comprehensive study of local songs and has been widely praised. He has written three further books and contributed to over 30 books by other authors, covering subjects as diverse as cartography, art, music and Hollywood cowboys!

In 1963 he met Sven Berlin and began the correspondence that was to last for the next 25-plus years, and a deep bond of friendship was established between the two and Sven's wife, Julia.

Over the 750 letters they exchanged, Berlin sent Browne all the new poems he wrote during those years.

In 1965 and 1969 JPB recorded Sven reading some of the poems from those letters, and those recordings now form the nucleus of this unique audio CD.

The Berlin letters have been edited by JPB. Sven Berlin: Letters to a Friend was published by Finishing Publications to coincide with the retrospective Centenary Celebration exhibition of Berlin's work at St. Barbe's in Lymington (2011).

625pp (ISBN-10: 0904477347 ISBN-13: 978-0904477344)