Snail Male

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Harvey O’Bond has an extraordinary phobia of slugs of snails – and not just because they are so slimy. A comic-macabre tale in witty verse recounts Harvey’s efforts to escape his aversion.

Think: Tim Burton meets Roald Dahl

Shortlisted for the international Silver Wyvern prize, Poetry on the Lake competition

“Wit worthy of Cole Porter” John Lloyd, host of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Museum of Curiosity’

How it begins:

Harvey O’Bond wasn’t terribly fond

of spiders or anything bug-like.

But nothing came near his unnatural fear

of anything snailish or slug-like…