Thrilling collaboration with Poet Laureate for Tony

Leighton-based romantic thriller writer Tony Drury is collaborating with Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate Mark Niel to produce another charity booklet for HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity.

Half of all heart attacks are caused by raised cholesterol, six in 10 adults in the UK have this condition and every six minutes in the UK someone dies from a heart attack.

Mark Niel Poet Laureate

Mark Niel Poet Laureate

HEART UK, which Tony is an ambassador for, is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with raised cholesterol and other blood fats and also supporting healthcare professionals treating these conditions.

Mark’s Choice is a collection of poems which have been especially written for HEART UK offering a light-hearted read about family, life and sentimentality.

When asked about the collaboration, Mark said “I am delighted to form a working relationship with Tony Drury and City Fiction. I sincerely hope this short collection of poems is a first step on a very long journey. I welcome the opportunity to help promote and benefit HEART UK with this collection of poems from and for the heart and look forward to seeing it in print.”

Mark (pictured) a poet, writer and performer has always liked and written poetry and a sustained period of inspiration and perspiration led to his first poem appearing in print. He then went onto winning competitions, working the Open Mic circuit and then appeared at major festivals, making the final of the prestigious New Act of the Year Showcase at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre.

Tony, founder and director of Leighton Buzzard-based publishing and media company City Fiction, said: “Mark is truly gifted and perhaps unique. He sees beyond the obvious and uses life experiences to explain and entertain. It is a privilege to work with him”.

HEART UK’s chief executive, Jules Payne added. “We are thrilled that Mark has written these delightful poems for HEART UK and that Tony Drury continues to support us with not only Mark’s Choice, but his other publications too. Tony is a fantastic ambassador for HEART UK and we are really grateful for his on-going support.”

Click on the video to hear an MP3 of Mark performing ‘Hand on Heart’, the poem written specifically for HEART UK.

To get a copy of the booklet, go to

All City Fiction’s profits will be going directly to HEART UK.