Coming in 2021
Created by Esra Gumrukculer for the poem 'When' in Sauti: Poems of Healing, contributed by UN staff for World Mental Health Month 2020
My first poetry book -
The business of dreams
Vanessa Jiminez Gabb, poet, writes of the anthology:
"the freedom and range of tone – the whimsical, the reverent/irreverent, the deeply meditative and the extemporaneous – and the subjects with which the manuscript is preoccupied: love and existence, the urgency of the sociopolitical, the way the global informs the intimate. The collection feels both contemporary and enduring, much of which is owed to the astute observations of our world and how the author has moved through it, making magic of the mundane, as well as the fun had with / the possibilities explored through the constraint of rhyme.”
Find some examples in my Blog.
Meet Tony, an ordinary man on an ordinary flight. Well... Not quite.
When his plane is hijacked, Tony swallows an archangel’s eyelash. Now part-angel, he enters Angeland. Passing through Heaven and the Realm of the White Mountain, he embarks on an incredible adventure. But Tony is never far from earthly influences.
To avoid disaster on an epic scale, seven archangels assemble at their Council. Together they try a variety of ideas to remove the eyelash, but will any prove a success?
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Working in bureaucracies provides bountiful material for satire, normally coupled with a supply of colleagues willing to send themselves up by participating in drama. I've written, directed and acted in a range of plays and songs, particularly in the UN.
I am British, more recently French, and Brazilian by osmosis. My career has entailed occasional bureaucratic absurdities but also the privilege of working for a bigger cause, which frequently provides a catalyst for creativity. My literary output over the last 20 years has been eclectic, including poetry (soon to be
published); satirical plays, songs and sketches (each with unique performances); and Angeland (my first novel). Normally I live just over the border from Geneva with my impatient and adorable Franco-Brazilian wife and 30-odd plants.
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