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Only Not Walking [Pamphlet]

Niall Spooner-Harvey
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1 Jun 2006
When Niall Spooner-Harvey was two, he was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy that meant he couldn’t tie his shoe-laces for fifteen years. He entered his first poetry competition at the age of eight and won some birdwatching books presented by Bill Oddie. In 2004 he won the Farrago UK Slam Championships and was a member of the UK Slam team at the Hammer & Tongue Four Nations Slam in 2005.

Only Not Walking addresses the experience of living with an invisible disability in an impatient and unaccepting world. Hard-hitting and precise, humble and confrontational, these poems deal head-on with disability, deaths, love and being pushed around in colourful blue buggies.

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  • Pamphlet: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Smokestack Books; First Edition edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955106125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955106125
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,005,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niall Spooner-Harvey was born in York in 1982. He grew up on the Yorkshire coast and in Spennymoor, Co Durham, before studying classics at Girton College, Cambridge. He lives in London where he teaches Latin at a comprehensive school.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the UK's finest poets! 31 Aug 2006
He's an ex Latin Teacher, but don't let that put you off! With poems like 'All My Cat's are dead' he is both very, very, very, funny and very down to earth.

If you have never bought a poetry book before or your an avid reader, this needs to be in your collection!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever felt awkward? 12 May 2008
By Maclennane VINE VOICE
Just what poetry should be. The author expresses with wonderful clarity the feeling of having a body which doesn't quite obey the mind's orders in the way he wants it to, and a love life which doesn't run to plan. If this sounds heart-rendingly worthy, well it isn't. It is humourous, and sharp, and playful, and mischievous.

Effectively, it is the experience of being a young man thrown into brilliant focus by a disability which becomes a strength.
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