John A B Lansdown

Biography

Formative years in the scenic Lakelands of North West England shaped John A B Lansdown into an outside landscape painter. Making violins at the prestigious Newark School in Nottinghamshire garnered a discipline that rubbed off onto his fine art. Watercolours, sketches and oil paintings interweave his poems and plays. Selling paintings internationally, he exhibits in Bulgaria, Austria, France and England. His prime displacement activity is playing a hand-made cigar box guitar accompanied by a voice allegedly resembling a tormented alley cat.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to write?
My initial urge to write originated from disappointment when my art work is exhibited with inappropriate interpretations. My classical landscape paintings generally defy misrepresentation but my experimental works are vulnerable to distorted reviews from critics and gallery managers. The present vogue of leaving works to ‘speak for themselves' is unsuitable for avant-garde works that benefit from some explanatory notes. With the encouragement of my comrade Nedyalka Kovacheva, who is now part of the Upheaval Books logo, my endeavour to explain artwork developed into unexpected fables and plays enhanced by illustrations.
Why do you use images of politicians throughout the ‘Pills for the Hospital Ward’ series?
Aren’t I naughty? I began with celebrities but soon realised there were copyright issues. Administrators holding public office are easy bait to bully and parody. Bureaucrats have no right to appeal because political satire is a protected privilege – for now at least.
Read more of this interview.

Series

Pills for the Hospital Ward
Pills for the Ward series contains a placebo of verse seeking a remedy to the social illnesses plaguing our world. Pages of stanza pump fresh analysis into the cause of festering pessimism throughout society to resuscitate the heartbeat of culture. Readers with unstable blood pressure should be warned that poems and plays, sandwiched between innocuous oil paintings, jostle for attention in their attempt to diagnose poor venerable society without dismissing it as simply ‘getting-on-a-bit’. Malingering thoughts are flung far from the hospital ward by poignant illuminated prose of x-ray perception penetrating into the fabric of society.
Pills for the First Night
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!)
Pills for the First Day
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!)
Pills for Visiting Hours
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!)
Pills for the Homeward Bound
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Books

Sweet Pills for the Hospital Ward
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 63,260. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
Illustrated plays are punctuated with irreverent images of politicians and other despots. Social issues are addressed using political satire as a cathartic remedy for hospital inmates. Sweet Pills for the Hospital Ward is a compilation of five books offering restless verse primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society.
Pills for Visiting Hours
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward, Book 4. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!) Words: 18,460. Language: British English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
‘Pills for Visiting Hours’ is the fourth of the Pills for the Hospital Ward series. A defining feature of this anthology is restless verse primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society. As throughout the series, the book features plays punctuated with original artwork, plays and poems by the author.
Pills for the First Day
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward, Book 3. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!) Words: 14,540. Language: British English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Screenplays » Comedy
‘Pills for the First Day’ is the third book in the series of ‘Pills for the Hospital Ward’. A defining feature of this anthology is restless verse primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society. While distracting patients is a theme throughout the series, each book may be read independently and in any order.
Pills for the First Night
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward, Book 2. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!) Words: 16,630. Language: British English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction
‘Pills for the First Night’ is the second of the hospital series by the author. While distracting patients is a theme throughout the series, each book may be read independently and in any order. A defining feature of this anthology is restless verse primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society.
Pills for the Homeward Bound
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward, Book 5. Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until July 1, 2021!) Words: 11,220. Language: British English. Published: June 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Screenplays » Comedy
‘Pills for the Homeward Bound’ concludes the ‘Pills on the Ward Series’. Defining features of this anthology are restless verses primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society. As throughout the series, the book features plays punctuated with original artwork, plays and poems by the author.
Pills for the First Consultation
Series: Pills for the Hospital Ward, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 10,770. Language: British English. Published: June 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Screenplays » Comedy
‘Pills for the First Consultation’ is the first of the Pills for the Hospital Ward series. A defining feature of this anthology is restless verse primed to divert sluggish thoughts away from pending medical appointments to refocus on the fabric of society. The hospital series features plays punctuated with original artwork, plays and poems by the author.

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