Eighty-Four is a new anthology of poetry on the subject of male suicide, as well as sub-themes of mental health, vulnerability, grief, and hope.
This is a deeply personal project for me. I lost my eldest brother in September 2017, and know that nothing can prepare for you for the damage of such an abrupt and traumatic change. I wanted to create a book that could be a touch-stone. A readily available source of light and comfort to survivors of suicide – as well as a gathering of truths. There’s a crisis of silence and amongst men, and a crisis of silence about male issues within society, too. From gender-typing, to gay rights and domestic abuse, male issues are given far too little air-time. This book is part of a broader campaign to encourage a dialogue around the male suicide and silence crisis. To bring the voices of men and women together to raise awareness, share stories and verse, and start talking.
Thanks to the compassion and creativity at Verve Poetry Press, the full support from the charity CALM, and all your generous donations, Eighty-Four is now very real in the making. Published by Verve, and edited by me and my father, the anthology will feature a host of male and female voices sharing their experiences of suicide, mental health, or grief – from those who have been on the brink, to those who have lost a loved one, or been moved by the campaign. We see this anthology as both an uncensored exposure of truths, as well as a celebration of the strength and courage of those willing to write and talk about their experiences, Using the power of language to openly address and tackle an issue that directly affects a million people every year.
This book will be for everyone – from those who have lost a loved one to suicide, to those who want to support the call for action, and deepen their understanding of the crisis.
Submissions have now closed. Please refrain from sending work for consideration via this website. But if you have any comments or questions about the campaign, please get in touch.