Quarry of Dreams

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AuthorHouse, Apr 28, 2012 - Poetry - 240 pages
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This book is a reflection of John's life experiences and his journey from childhood disability to physical training specialist, from soldier to academic and on to retirement. It tells through the medium of poetry, short stories and photographs, of a life in search of adventure, challenge and learning. It talks of snakes, spiders, dragons, mountains, jungle, fern cloaks, poverty, education, life and death. It reflects on cause and effect, and experiences in many countries around the world including Europe, Africa and the Far East. The intention of the book is to make the reader think of his or her own life, the way they choose to live it and perhaps to write about it. All the stories are based on fact and the poems are designed to highlight the circumstances in which they were conceived. There is a little philosophical content to some of the work, but at no time is it patronising, misleading or dishonest. Any reference to religion is not orientated towards any particular faith, but towards the millions of people throughout the world who believe in the power of good.

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About the author (2012)

A coalminer’s son from South Wales, John had to wear callipers from toe to thigh until the age of seven. He joined the Army Royal Engineers at 15yrs old and transferred to the Army Physical Training Corps seven years later. He left the Army at 40 years of age and took a job as a sports and leisure manager. During that time he was also a Retained Fire Fighter with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. At the age of 50yrs he decided to go to Hull University to study for a BA (Hons) in South East Asian Studies and Language, a year of which was at the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. At the same time he was fortunate enough to spend a year working alongside the Malaysian fire service as part of a research project. He continued his studies and gained an MSc in Applied Social Research and a Post Graduate Teacher training qualification at the University of Huddersfield, before taking employment with Hull College as a lecturer and Community Education Development Officer. He was then fortunate enough to secure a place as part of an 'International' team of scientists on field research on Komodo Dragons in Indonesia; gaining the prestigious Millennium Fellowship Award in the process. In 2000 he had the honour of lighting the Millennium flame (alongside the Mayor) for the city of Hull. In later years before retirement he worked as a regional health and fitness Officer for Anchor Trust. John was accepted as a PhD student at the University of Hull but was unable to continue due to family commitments and health problems. He currently holds the voluntary post of treasurer for North East Branch of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Association (York). He is married to Jane and has two daughters Kathryn, Rachael and a son David (and a special dog called Harvey).

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