Tusitala Victoria 2013 (reprinted 2015) ISBN 978-0-9947794
THIS COLLECTION DRAWS FROM MY POETRY WRITING accumulated over two or three years. Following on from a similar successful fund-raising venture for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the north of England, I approached the MS Society of Canada shortly after becoming resident with an idea for a further volume of my new poems. As my previous volume was illustrated, we developed the idea of combining with some of the output of members of the Victoria MS Society Art Therapy Group.
Collaborating with members of the group was a heartening and enjoyable experience. In most cases the artists produced new work to fit one of my poems. In three cases I wrote a poem to fit a painting. We used seventeen paintings and combined them with forty-three poems. Scott Wingfield of Art Ink was the designer. Financial support came from the Chadwick Foundation.
Of course, we wanted to raise much needed funds for the essential work of the MS Society, but this little volume goes beyond that. I believe that it is an important positive signal about what can be achieved by those who work their way around the difficulties which MS brings to produce paintings of beauty and charm.
I am proud to be associated with this initiative and very grateful for the opportunity to work with the artists.
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