Hi, I am Donna Parkinson AKA D'Persona...a 43 year old self confessed accidental poet and the owner of Mad Jock Publishers. A family run self publishing business. I am here to share some of the poetry that I originally took up when my best friend Angela Edgar "inspired" me to write after her 1st book launch. Since taking up this writing lark in February 2008 I have written in excess of 1000 poems and have self published 4 books of my own... I write mainly about gun and knife crime,peer pressure,social responsibility and gang affiliation in a style that todays youth can clearly understand and hopefully relate to. I write to make a difference to our streets and to effect change in our communities. I believe we need to re-educate this generation and save then from themselves as the social realities envolved in our collective failure to do so is way to ugly to comprehend for our childrens children. Eventually I want to set up some Poetry/Music workshops with disadvantaged children in my local area. Its been a mad 2 and a half years for me as I just kind of fell into poetry... in fact my friends call me the accidental poet!!! I never knew that I had the ability to write until Angee was interviewed at her book launch and asked what would make all the hard work she had put into her book worthwhile... and she said that if she inspired just one person to start writing as a result of reading her book it would have all been worth it.... I looked around the room and remember thinking.... "bloody hell I better write something cos I don't think any of this lot are gonna do it"...so I went home and wrote her a poem and sent ot to her the next day telling her that she had inspired me to write... She said that it was actually really good and asked me to do another... and then another and before I knew it I was 'writing to order. Colleagues were giving me titles at lunchtime and I was knocking them out pieces and before I knew it I had written loads of stuff and was actually enjoying it..... WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT EH? 6 months down the line I had enough material to self publish my first book..... and the rest as they say is history!! By day I work as a Field Services Director in a London based Market Research agency but as I said above I also own a small self publishing company called Mad Jock Publishers. They published my first 2 books and then the originator k, Rols Sperling found it increasingly difficult to secure the time needed to dedicate to the project along with juggling his fulltime work and family commitments. Mad Jock had historically helped budding authors ( like myself) by making it possible for them to have their works published in a book that they and their family could treasure for generations at a very affordable price, so when I heard the company would probably close I decided to buy it myself and try to keep the sentiment going.... For the very ambitious writer, getting a first foot on the ladder and being able to send an already published work to major publishers and or media wheeler dealers, is no different than an actor turning up to an audition or a model attending a professional photo shoot or an artist sending copies of their portfolio to a prospective employer, So Mad Jock Publishers is there to serve the authors of this world... So thats me... if you want to know anything else just ask xxx
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The Urban Time Bomb
Published: September 13, 2011.
This book is about todays problems written in todays language
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