In my last post I introduced my new book Embarrassing Siblings,Playground Taunts and other Growing Pains, which is a semi autobiographical anthology of poems and short fiction based on my childhood experiences. This collection covers adolescent issues that are still close to my heart such as bullying,racism,eating disorders, low self esteem, early puberty and many more issues. The bullying issues I cover in this collection are not just describing fellow peers but also teachers. My siblings and I all have experience of having our dreams mocked or being met with negativity. The headteacher at my primary school told my mother that I would never set foot in a university. He was right I did not set foot in one university but two with two degrees to show for it.
While I was being mocked, picked on etc behind closed doors I had an outlet to vent which was through my writing which has led to this collection. In some ways I feel the playground bullies, boys who called me ugly and teachers who gave me the "slow walk" title should be thanked. I have learnt to channel my negative experience into something positive so I thank them all! I hope that particular headteacher reads this post or one of my books! The pen is mightier than the sword I have chosen to fight back in the way I know best, with my words.
This is the message I tried to convey when I put this collection together never give up on your dreams and don't follow the crowd. Another issue I touch on in my anthology is how Asian society often have a low opinion of you if you are not a doctor for example. My take on this is being a doctor or having any academic qualification does not make you a better person. If anything many of these people are unhappy behind closed doors.
I have already performed some of the poetry and short snippets of the fiction at book readings and local festivals. As intended buttons have been pressed. My collection is available on Amazon as a print or kindle format. Enjoy and be inspired.