About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

No translation

Someone asked me if I was going to have my book translated into other languages. I firmly and quickly said no, to which I received a surprising response, clearly indicating that the said person had not read my book nor understood what this whole project is about. I explained that rhyming poetry is not possible to translate, for once translated into another language, the flow and rhythm would be entirely lost, resulting in simply lines of words. The person hearing this then suggested a professional poet could rewrite what I had written! Horrified at the thought, I tried to explain that by giving my poems to someone else to completely re-write, so that my words, thoughts and feelings would no longer be mine, the poems would then come from a poet who is not ill or has any idea of what a person with chronic disease goes through each day! Why has my little book received such a huge response and caught so much attention? The simple reason being that it has been written by someone (me) who suffers from Gaucher and Parkinson, having opened up and written from personal experience which is straight from my heart. No one will be able to identify with a poet who is blessed with good health and writes about something he knows nothing about! Now having got that off my chest, I'm going to put the kettle on and make a cup of tea. Have a good day where ever you may be.

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