ALIEN ARTICHOKE: Poetry & Short Stories


By James Whitrow

ISBN: 978-1-84991-714-8
Published: 2012
Pages: 106
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Short Stories, Schizophrenia


This book is a compilation of short stories and poetry, inspired by the intricacies of Jamesís 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 him self a place at Salford University James studied interior architecture. Since then James has developed writing abilities receiving a number of commendations, also Jamesís 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, ďitís just a releaseĒ meaning writing ďgets it off your chestĒ 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.

Book Extract


Once upon a time at the edge of my mind,
I walked along a blackened kaleidoscopic path and spoke to my past,
Wandering how long itís been, viewing all the cinematic situations Iíve seen
Is it me or a force beyond my control, please somebody release this
Fear from my sole, happy days have got to be our goal,
I do not know who or what I can trust
Oh please God I must, release all this love.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 09 February, 2012.