“Who forgives the senior’s ceaseless verse,
whose hairs grow hoary as his rhymes grow worse”
Stan Frith did not really have time to concentrate on writing until after retirement from a successful career in the international business arena, first with the American multinational Texas Instruments where he travelled the world extensively, and then in domestic retailing as a Main Board Director of Harrods, House of Fraser and Somerfield.
As far back as his school days, Stan displayed a flair for writing and won several prizes for composition and poetry. Given the rigours of a hectic business life that followed, his writing remained sporadic at best. He did however author the management text book The Expatriate Dilemma while working in Corporate Personnel with Texas Instruments Inc. that sold well in the USA. A couple of years later, while hospitalised following spinal surgery, he wrote the novel A Step In The Right Direction and the screenplay Bay At The Moon for television. The pressures of a high profile business career then pretty much curtailed his writing prowess although over the years he still wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles and a considerable number of poems. Throughout his life, writing poetry was his catharsis, his way of dealing with a multitude of emotions, issues and experiences – good and bad. Over the years, a great number were stored away until in 2007 he selected 100 poems that were published in Time in Between. The book sold well but Stan, somewhat modestly, attributes its success entirely to the fact that the public was told in advance that all profits were going to two of his chosen charities.
In August 2014 Stan is about to have another book of poetry and verse published, again with all proceeds going to charity. Behind the Smile contains circa 150 poems written since 2007, a number of them around the time he lost his son Jason. I think you will find them very moving.
Stan is on the Appeals Board of the charity Depression Alliance, is Chairman of Fidelius Financial Holdings Limited – a Bath based financial services company and Chairman of Bath Golf Club.
He enjoys rugby and golf, two pursuits that he shares with wife Angie. He lives in Bath, UK.
To order a copy of Stan’s latest book and donate all proceeds to the charity Depression Alliance please go to https://www.justgiving.com/BehindtheSmile/