Welcome to my writing desk, the place where I gather my thoughts, musings and work on my craft – writing and poetry. I trust that you gentle readers will enjoy this journey as you see my world through my writings. I have been a writer/scribbler/journal keeper for years. I find poetry very personal and cathartic (the reading and the writing thereof); writing poems allows me to express multiple emotions and viewpoints, in concise and at times rapid manner. The writing is painful, at times a slow process, and then again, fast and furious, words flying out across my notebook or keyboard, like machine gun bullets.
“I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.”
Excerpt From: Edgar Allan Poe. “Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poetical Works.”
Emergency Medicine has been my passion and life for the past 34 years, taking me to 4 continents and over 35 countries, but my prime focus and passion is Africa, where I was born, raised and live. Working in emergency medicine in Africa is both rewarding and traumatic – feast and famine in the same day – life and death, live side by side. Doing remote, austere, combat and expedition medicine is challenging and exciting. Teaching staff in remote locations and empowering local medical staff is very uplifting. Inspiration from my work and travels is reflected in some of my writings and poetry. My appointment in 2017 as the Africa Editor for Ambulance Today UK has been an exciting step in formalizing my EMS writing passions.
Please do comment on my writings as I post story outlines, daily thoughts photos’ of my travels, pup, cats and life, and a sections of a few books I am currently putting together. The Podcasts & Music section has music reviews and podcasts of my short time as rock show host on a community radio station (listen and enjoy). Feel free to interact with me via Twitter & my FaceBook writing page, my Poetry & Life magazine, or with respect to professional medical matters via LinkedIn
I write op-ed pieces on areas of interest (see the various articles written and published under the tab headers on this home page), if you keen to know more drop me a mail and/or if you need an article/advertorial written for your company or publication (references available), I will be happy to oblige.
I would like to thank my close friends (you know who you are) and my (still) supportive (ex) wife/partner T, for all of their love; ongoing support and inspiration, to keep pushing forward; their belief in me (on all levels) is amazing and empowering. Without them, this would not be possible, and my life would be poorer – Thank You