I watched Alan Plater's last play, Joe Maddison's War, on television last night.
It had all of his trademark quirkiness and compassionate observation. We've owned the Beiderbecke Trilogy for years and return to it whenever we want something that offers a sense of the ridiculous and wonderful characters.
This week my sister and I are making our annual visit to Scarborough for the jazz festival. I never had the privilege of talking to Alan Plater but I saw him in action at Scarborough a couple of times.narrating tales of unsung heroes of jazz with his usual humour and passion.
His recent death robs us of a superb writer and we'll be the worse for not having his wry humour to draw on.