Laverna: A Novel in Progress

A mysterious group steals the world’s business data; an Australian hacker determines to recover it

Laverna is a little known Roman deity, a goddess of thieves, those who transgressed the Eighth Commandment of a more everlasting god: Thou shall not steal. It is also the title of my next novel. Continue reading “Laverna: A Novel in Progress”

Aeron Spy Thriller Book Cover

Does a book work no matter what the cover looks like? Would you be have been more interested in finding out about the book if it had a different cover?

Does the book cover define my book Aeron spy thriller? Does a person only choose to read a book if it has a cover that appeals in some way? Perhaps. Certainly that’s the sale pitch of companies that make money designing book covers. When I am looking for a book, the title and the cover do play an important part in deciding whether I will read the blurb on the back.

So what about my Aeron spy thriller? Where did that cover come from, and does it work?

Aeron spy thriller book cover

Continue reading “Aeron Spy Thriller Book Cover”

Melancholy: Normative in Western Society?

Melancholy. An Excess of black bile. A poem

Exegesis. Melancholy. An excess of black bile. Feeling dejected despondent, disconsolate, destroyed. In Australia 45% will have experience a mental health condition in their lifetime 1. At only one time around 1 million adults have depression and 2 million, around 1 in 12 or 13, have anxiety.

In the US, 50% of those who have one depressive episode will have a second. Of those, 80% will have a third.

Here is a poem; perhaps to provide some comfort. Those who care for a person with post traumatic stress disorder may like to also read Azure. Continue reading “Melancholy: Normative in Western Society?”

Social Fiction. They Killed My Mum

Social fiction; the use of stories to create the changes we want to see in this world

In 2013 at the Skoll World Forum, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus gave a powerful talk to hundreds of forum delegates from all around the world. He asked social entrepreneurs to write the possibility of a new future. He pointed out that science follows science fiction, with the fictional images of scientific inventions contributing to the drive to achieve those visions in reality. In describing what he believes is needed to create the changes we want to see in the world, he ask why we don’t have “social fiction.”

Social Fiction Continue reading “Social Fiction. They Killed My Mum”

Neonatal Death- Painting with Silence

Seven colours in the rainbow, seven stages of grief, seven stages in the life of man

Exegesis:

Seven colours in the rainbow, seven stages of grief, seven stages in the life of man. Red, the colour of blood, birth, primordial survival. Violet, the colour of subconscious thoughts of spirituality. This poem paints neonatal death with the three sevens’ brushes of silence. It is the second in a new series of poetry inspired by aspects of medicine. The first was Forgetmenot, a poem on the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease Continue reading “Neonatal Death- Painting with Silence”

Forgetmenot: A Poem About Alzheimer’s Disease

The tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease – a poem

Exegesis: Humans are sentinent, the rest of the animal kingdom is not. The tragedy is that people with Alzheimer’s disease slowly transit from being human to being a part of the rest of the animal kingdom. At the beginning they might recognise their fate; at the end that recognition belongs only to those who care for them. This poem records the transition. Continue reading “Forgetmenot: A Poem About Alzheimer’s Disease”

Samoud. A Tale of Palestine

A poem of hope, tragedy and resilience inspired by Interpal Palestine Verses Poetry Competition

This poem was inspired by the fact that Interpal, the Palestinian Relief and Developmental Fund, is holding a poetry competition as part of its Nakba commemoration event in late May.

The competition, open to UK residents, is to write a poem about Palestine.

I live in Australia, but have submitted this poem to Interpal nevertheless  as a way of showing solidarity with Palestinians where ever they live.. Continue reading “Samoud. A Tale of Palestine”