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Dear Solicitor, Im estranged from my step-granddaughter, aged

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Dear Solicitor, I'm estranged from my step-granddaughter, aged 6. I'm an established poet and have written a collection of poems celebrating the creative time together my granddaughter and I expereinced about two years ago. My publisher is showing signs of not wanting to publish it after accepting the book for publication. He fears that his press will become 'entangled in family politics'. The book makes no references to the estrangement or attempts to blame anyone. The book present title is Intriguing Farrah. But if her family was offended by my writing what would be their possible legal come back against me or my publisher?
Yours faithfully Paul Sutherland,[email protected]
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 4 years ago.

As long as your poems are not defamatory, then I do not see any grounds for anyone bringing any action against you or the publisher.

Defamation occurs when someone thinks worse of someone e.g. where your false statement about them says there is say criminality, dishonesty, insolvency, lack of integrity or sharp practice and personal morality involved against the complainan.

Truth and honest opinionsare defences to claims for defamation so e.g. if you say someone is a thief and they actually are a thief, then a court will not entertain a claim against you for defamation.

The claimant also has to show that serious harm resulted from your defamation and again, I do not see what serious harm can occur from your poems.

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