Book 9: Late Developer

The poet muses upon the fact that although he has lived life fully he has always come to things ‘late’; he entered the formal education system aged 28 to do his ‘o’ levels, he became a teacher in his 30’s…

The poet has moved to Bootle and Jon Venables and Robert Thomson, kidnap and kill 2yr old James Bulger a few hundred yards from his home on 12th February 1993…

He returns to the Isle of Man for the funeral of a dear friend and the shadow of alcoholism still hovers, still pervades as he continues with formal education gaining his first Masters’ degree… he reminisces on his mental illness and wonders if he can ever maintain a relationship.

This section deals almost entirely with an exploration of past relationships and a dawning realisation of what his mental-illness has cost him and the increasing ‘dependence on alcohol and drugs.

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