An author whose passion for prose was rekindled by a photographic “treasure trove” bequeathed by his father has written his third book. When David Prestbury took early retirement from the Polyflor factory in Whitefield three years ago to look after his elderly mother, he came across a wealth of photographic slides. They were taken by his late father in Manchester during the 1950s and 1960s. Mr Prestbury, aged 61, from Prestwich, said: “That resurrected my interest in writing again. “I had been involved in quite a few poetry groups in the 1980s and used to do readings at folk clubs and elsewhere.” He has combined his father’s fascinating slides with his own photographs, paintings, artwork and drawings, which are a significant feature in the three books he has produced. It was more than a year ago that the twice-married father of four put pen to paper again and in a short space of time he has written three titles. Mr Prestbury has relied firmly on his roots to inspire his storytelling. The Donkey Stone And Dolly Blue Days is described by him as a book of autobiographical verse and a social history. He said: “They were drawn from true life experiences about growing up on the streets of Manchester.” His second publication, Oasis And The Twisted Wheel, is in the same vein. “It’s all about the vibrant club scene and street life in 1960s Greater Manchester,” he said. “It recalls my days as a teenager on a ‘rock and rollercoaster’ during the greatest era of pop music.” Mr Prestbury, who lives in The Radius in Fairfax Road, has recently completed his third book. He labels Hidden By The Clouds as “sweet and sour poetry, love lost and love regained with lots of good humour and pathos.” He added: “I’m going to write a children’s story next. I’ve a few ideas about what I want to do and I’ve enough here for another two books. “Being a writer is a communication thing and I’ve had very nice feedback from people I used to work with and my many friends. “I’d say I’m a bit of a people’s poet, like a small-time Rabbie Burns.” l All David’s books are published online through They are also currently available online from, WH Smith, Waterstone’s, Barnes & Nobel and Borders.