Alien Artichoke: Poetry & Short Stories


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By James Whitrow

ISBN: 978-1-84991-983-8
Published: 2013
Pages: 110
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Short Stories, Schizophrenia


This book is a compilation of short stories and poetry, inspired by the intricacies of James voices combined with an element of the imagination.

These stories cover currant and past issues of everyday life as well as being sheer creative and fictional writing.

The poetry, some romantic, some psychedelic and some contradictions of words create an interesting read. Enjoy.

About the Author

Born 1980 in Manchester attending art college awarding himself a place at Salford University James studied interior architecture. Since then James has developed writing abilities receiving a number of commendations, also James local paper wrote an article about his success describing him as Wordsmith which led to an interview prime time on BBC Radio Manchester where he discussed his illness and poetry. James was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2001. On the radio James performed a poem which was written about schizophrenia and answered questions about how writing is a form of therapy.

James attends writers groups open mike nights, poetry festivals and has also written for businesses.

Suffering with schizophrenia is a day to day struggle for James but as he stated on the radio, it is just a release meaning writing gets it off your chest his illness inspires him.

James wishes to thank the member of staff from Macclesfield hospital who was the first person who encouraged him to write.


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