A compelling, beautiful and original first collection of poetry about broken relationships and the disillusionments of faith, through to witnessing the declining years of a much-loved mother, and visiting all points in between with zest, depth and humour: these are the psalms of a recovering religionist finding a new way to bring all of the past into a present of reconciliation and tranquillity, and learning to live one breath at a time. This book will resonate with all those who have once been in love with the faith of their fathers, but have had to move outside it to see it more clearly, and so become, or remain, more authentic human beings.
I'm a bit of a mongrel, to tell the truth. At various times throughout a variegated, not to say chequered career, I have been a Cambridge open scholar, warehouseman, cocktail barman, project manager, roadie, copywriter, amateur actor, bus driver, timeshare hawker (fail), publisher, advertising salesman, spiritual counsellor, musician, internet marketer, volunteer hospice chaplain, interfaith minister, worship leader, information developer and IT trainer, pub manager, freelance journalist, husband (fail), kibbutznik and farm labourer, and I remain, in addition to some of these, a proud Dad, a film lover, wine-bibber, initiated man, amateur theologian (fail), free-thinker, wedding and funeral celebrant, author and poet, who takes at face value the biblical example of hanging around with publicans and sinners.
I've been a writer all my life, and now I'm publishing my own books instead of other people's, which feels good. I love the contemplative and creative side of spirituality, as well as wine, films, earthy jokes, journalling, good books, blogging, playing music on licensed premises, the creativity of business, the Celtic soul, the male spiritual journey and the natural world. For many of us, whatever we like to call 'God' is found more easily outside the four walls of any orthodoxy or institution. Just like in the photo...
My Mother is an Old Elephant is my first collection of verse, and I'm currently publishing a collection of short stories the first of which (Michael and the Mustard Tree) is available now on Kindle.