Singer Morrissey has paid a touching tribute to late playwright Shelagh Delaney, hailing her as a "genuine poet".
The former The Smiths frontman has often praised Delaney during his career, and once confessed she was the inspiration behind many of his lyrics.
Now the star, who also chose an image of Delaney for the cover of Smiths compilation album Louder Than Bombs, has issued a statement paying tribute to the writer, who died from cancer at the age of 71 on Sunday (20Nov11).
He says, "A genuine poet has passed through the world. Shelagh Delaney exercised a wide influence with the shock of plain language, and shafts of satiric wit, into a severe and donnish 1950s world where working-class people had thus far been assumed to be simplistic, flag-waving cannon-fodder... She was attacked for immorality, which, then as now, is proof that you have hit on something...
"Shelagh Delaney did not become fat with success, or become a celebrity, because she was of richer intellect. She has always been a part of my life as a perfect example of how to get up and get out and do it. If you worry about respect you don't get it. Shelagh Delaney had it and didn't seem to notice it."
The singer also performed a show in Escondido, California on Tuesday (22Nov11) with a picture of Delaney as a backdrop.