ABOUT

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In 2009 I was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease. I was prescribed drugs which

alter the brain chemistry. In 2015/2016, following several dose increases, I suddenly started

waking up in the early hours with complete poems, fully formed which I had to write down.

Prior to my illness I was a specialist Contact Lens Optician, with my own Practice. I’ve worked in Optics for over 30 years. I live in West Yorkshire, Northern England with my Wife and son, my daughter is studying History and Literature at the University of Lancaster. I was born in 1964 and have lived in Northern England all my life.

8 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Nigel, we have seen each other on other blogs but this morning I managed to get in on yours.
    I am glad I did. A blogger from West Yorkshire. I lived there, near Ilkley for 17 years. Loved it up there. The nature and people.
    I read you got very early on-set Parkinson and my heart goes out to you in your daily bravery.
    It is very intriguing how you through the ‘injury’ to your brain gained the gift of poetry.
    These things are known to happen but have not been explained.

    Same happened to me through a brain injury. I am o.k. But the poetry hasn’t gone.

    Lovely photo of you and your children. Bless you all.
    Miriam

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  2. I have found your blog yesterday, Nigel, and today I got to know about your disease – and how the treatment impacted your need for writing/creating poetry – I am sure there must be some scientifical explanation how the drugs you had to take to ‘tame’ Parkinson actually ‘unblocked’ your unconcious mind and how it ‘unblocked’ your ability to write – which you do in such a beautiful way – but I have my own theory – why some artists, writers – at some point of their lives simply HAVE TO create – it is ‘the rage against dying of the light’ as the incredibly talented writer Thomas Dylan once wrote in his famous poem – sometimes writing or painting is in fact our inner ‘veto’ against dying without leaving here, for the future generations something that is ‘larger than us’ – and something that isn’t physical but spiritual -and therefore even less ‘tangible’ – the author I have just mentioned, Thomas Dylan wrote once that ‘The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.’ – to me, personally – the world is never the same once I meet/find/discover One Good Poet. And that’s what you are dear Nigel. Hope you’ll be in good health for many more years to come and that you will feel strong enough to continue writing as this world really needs poets like you.

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