Poems drawn from Rob's experiences as a nurse, inpatient and writer in healthcare settings.
“Brimming with anarchistic joy... yet behind everything is a big heart. It's typical Gee – combining gleeful subversiveness with poignant observations about the human condition.” Victoria Times “Inspirational... thought-provoking, humbling and hilarious.” Mind Share, South Australia “This is a man who stared into the abyss and saw it wink back at him.” The Ubyssey, Canada
The award-winning one-man murder mystery now being used to train NHS staff.
Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do.
“A comedy, meditation on human dignity and at its heart, a love story… remarkable.” Orlando Sentinel “A disturbing masterpiece.” Gig City, Alberta
Includes training pack for healthcare staff, live audio CD and Soundcloud code
Escaped mental health patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act, and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnation of the pharaoh Ramses II. On his way to Egypt, via the Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to all his plans: Millie – a lost six-year-old. Together they embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever.
“A mind-roasting bipolar joyride… moving, funny, deeply human.” Victoria Times "Hilarious... guarenteed to simultaneously break hearts and lift spirits." Vue Weekly, Alberta
Includes original short story ‘Icarus Dancing’, live audio CD and Soundcloud code
Over two years, Rob went into a variety of mental health settings around Nottingham, Northampton, Kettering and Leicester to compose poems with groups of inpatients. He would act as scribe, while people in the room contributed ideas, jokes, lines and rhymes. This book is a selection of those poems.
Featuring poems from inpatients in acute, elderly, forensic, psychiatric intensive care, child/adolescent, eating disorders, learning disability, and rehabilitation/supported care settings.
Includes artwork created by BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health workshop participants via a series of workshops facilitated by Scott Bridgwood.
"I didn't come here for a good time. I came here because I have a leg off. If I had both legs I'd still be in Whitwick."
Rob spent several weeks wandering around Castle Donington in Leicestershire, acosting unsuspecting residents in order to gather their impressions of the town, their memories and anecdotes, and their feelings about the place they call home.
Includes photographs by Linda Young and historic images provided by Castle Donington Museum and local residents.
"There's no central point; no church or steeple. Moira's heart is in its people."
Rob spent several weeks wandering around the village of Moira in Leicestershire, talking to residents, gathering their stories, hopes and fears, and regurgitating them in poetic form for this publication.
Includes photographs by Linda Young and historic images provided by Moira Replan and local residents.