By Nigel Pearce
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Prose
This volume is quite a lengthy tome and it is published to celebrate my joy of writing and learning as I have recently gained a Master of Arts in English. But why is it entitled Completely Fragmented: Nigel Pearce. That is not such an enigma but an easily solved puzzle. It is fragmented in that it is divided into several sections, each a literary genre. However, it, of course, is more profound than that. The authorial I has died in every genre except non-fiction because as D. H. Lawrence wrote in Studies in Classic American Literature (1925) Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. On a personal level I live in a world of books, but my life has been tossed into the air by experience. This author is in fact himself fragmented yet he finds cohesion by both writing and studying.
about the author
Nigel was born in autumn 1959. His life has been colourful or chequered depending on whom you ask. His GP of some decades has said writing and studying are your therapy, Nigel. They are what saved you. He left home for the counterculture as a child and was subsequently placed in the Care of the County Council but was soon transferred to the psychiatric system where he has been since in one manifestation or another. However, in 1988 he begun studying at the Open University where his first undergraduate degree was in Political and Social Science, he received a 2.1 and his biological parents attended the graduation, his father saying: This is the greatest day of my life. However, he would then experience a close call after a toxic state caused by prescribed medication. This set him upon another path academically, although he had written creatively from a very early age. Consequently, he gained a BA in Humanities with Creative Writing 2.1. Then a Masters in English with Merit and is awaiting the final mark of a Master of Arts in Creative Writing.