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I will be reading a selection of my poems at The Society of Genealogists, 14, Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BM. (Nearest Tube: Barbican or Old Street.) 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm (15 min break)
In 2017, I will have been getting my poetry into print for 60 years; my first poem appeared in my school magazine at the ripe old age of 11 years. (I will be 71, December 21 2016.) I will also have been living with prostate cancer for six years since being diagnosed in February 2011.
Many men will not get checked out for prostate cancer (at 55+) because they are scared. I was scared, too, but the cancer was caught early and is being treated with hormone therapy. My team at the UCH MacMillan Cancer Centre (London WC1) ) are wonderful; so much so that I am still taking my cue from Monty Python and looking on the bright side of life. Apart from hoping to encourage donations to Prostate Cancer UK, I also hope to raise awareness of the condition and encourage men to discuss it with their GP.
I regularly post new and historical poems that link to my general and gay-interest poetry blogs on Google Plus; almost daily, removing poems as I add them so there are never more than 30 poems. (Yes, I am gay. Prostate cancer does not care if a man is gay or straight just as a poem is a poem is a poem regardless of the poet's gender or sexual persuasion.)
NB. Please address any enquiries about the reading or its location to me please: firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. Not the Society of Genealogists.)