Keith Brazil

Biography

Keith Brazil - 'creative life' author - was born in Broadstairs, Kent, England. He trained in Dance Theatre at Laban Trinity Conservatoire, London, and was a founder member of ‘Adventures In Motion Pictures’ Dance Company. He has worked as a freelance professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and dance lecturer. Keith has also trained as a complementary therapist in spiritual healing and reflexology. He gained a degree in English Studies and is currently engaged in writing a collection of fictional and non-fictional stories, essays, poetry and novels. His revolutionary, 'dream-of-consciousness', high-octane, visionary first book 'The Wilderness Diary' was published in December 2012, with a second edition published in October 2015. His charming observational notebook 'In Consideration Of Cats' was published November 2013. The metaphysical comedy 'Popcorn, Parasites, Precious & Pearls' was published in December 2013. 'The Chameleon's Last Dance' - a surreal gay short story about night-clubbing - was published in 2014. 'An Alchemist's Wedding' (a novitiate Alchemist's gives a short wedding speech on the wonder of joy and the predicament of love) was published in June 2015. He lives and works in London.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are 2 answers to this:
First, the thrill of starting a new writing/artistic journey and trying to capture the essence of what it is that you wish to express. The sense of adventure as the characters, plot, principle idea or guiding emotion step forward to be listened to and the pieces of the puzzle (in any order!) start to arrive and the picture begins to reveal itself.
Secondly, after all the crafting/revising/editing processes are complete, bringing all the elements together into the final book with its enwrapping cover design. There is something very rewarding in seeing your words bound together and ready to send off into the world as a finished product.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really read now (other than non-fiction for research - Raj Patel is great for current analysis on world global issues and food justice) but in the past I enjoyed reading poetry (all kinds - but John Donne, Andrew Marvell, Rabbie Burns, the Romantics, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, spring to mind as being so innovative), I was a big fan of the English 18th Century novel (groundbreaking and some of the very best books were written then), Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde of course. I was really moved/impressed with Virginia Woolf and James Joyce (both revolutionary in terms of consciousness - life changing events). I enjoyed the writing of Truman Capote and Carson McCullers. I loved Jane Austin and the Brontes, a big fan of Tolkien and C.S Lewis. I am pulled to other cultures and esoteric/philosophy (the poetry of Rumi, the book The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene is incredibly beautiful, moving and heart expanding, Meher Baba, Mother Meera, Jane Roberts - Seth books, Alice Bailey, Madame Blavatsky, Tibetan tracts, and good books on the Tarot). I loved Plato & Andre Gide. On the fun side I enjoyed E S Gardener (Perry Mason) and Michael Innes (John Appleby). I love all kinds of fairy tales and children's books - Brothers Grimm, Lewis Caroll springs to mind, also P. L.Travers, Carlo Collidi etc (basically, any cartoon film classic you loved, go back and read the original books). I really enjoyed His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and the Harry Potter books too. Phew!
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Where to find Keith Brazil online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Land of Bliss
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 76,670. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
'The Land Of Bliss’ is a fairy tale set in a magical world where stories hold secrets, spells are made to be broken and people are not always what they seem. Meet the last of the Fairy Folk, the Family Rose and the Townspeople trapped in a curse. Their stories entwine through an enchanted doorknob, a resurrecting witch and a singing princess. The fate of fairy tales awaits them all.
An Alchemist's Wedding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A novitiate Alchemist gives a wedding speech reflecting on the wonder of joy and the predicament of love.
The Chameleon's Last Dance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,580. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Join the revellers in a bawdy ‘world of men’ as a somnambulist chameleon, a dancing bear and ten lords-a-leaping prance into a bag of glees and good tidings at the retro-Hustler’s Ball. Swirling through music, memories of childhood, places, teenage years, TV characters, and friends, past and present, can the chameleon trance-dance through fire and attain the state of ‘Mok’sha’?
In Consideration of Cats
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
“Everybody wants to be a cat!” In Consideration of Cats is an essay and meditation on an aspect of joy and the wonderment of cats. A collection of notes, observations, insights and poems reflecting on the behaviour, nature and antics of cats and the healing that the world of our feline friends can bring us.

Keith Brazil's tag cloud

cats    dancing    dancing bears    divorce    fairy tale    fiction    fun    gay    gay club    gay clubbing    giants    humor    humor comedy    joy    magic    metaphysical    pets    poem    poem about cat    sexy dancing    spiritual    spiritual alchemy    visionary    wedding speech    witches    zany