Published by local man, Jae-Alexander Linsey, it all started from a tragedy and ends, now, with The Mortal Man – a splendid anthology of poetry from a range of fine poets who have lent their poetic skills in support of the society.
The tragedy is not that David Thomas Webb was autistic, because many of the hardships and heartaches encountered by him and his parents were seen as challenges and were largely overcome. So well were the difficulties met by them that David was able to struggle towards, and eventually achieve, a place at university, studying for a degree in Computer Science.
The tragedy is that David had barely started his university career when his body was discovered in his rooms just a few months after he arrived there. He was only nineteen.
Since that awful day, his parents have been tireless in their bid to raise money, firstly in support of The National Autistic Society through the Just Giving website and secondly to name a star after him.
As his mother, the Norfolk poet, Wendy Webb says, “Dave was truly a star, full of energy, so bright, and so hard to live with.”
This eclectic poetry collection has been compiled in tribute to David and in aid of The National Autistic Society with a foreword by its President, Jane Asher.
The poems are in a variety of styles by poets from around the United Kingdom. They include the late and much lamented Black Country poet, Geoff Stevens, whose long-term partner, Geraldine Wall has released three poems from his heritage.
Also included are two Poets Laureate: Mark Neil of Milton Keynes, and Walsall's Ian Henery, whose energy and enthusiasm started the ball rolling for this book following a conversation with Wendy Webb.
The book is being launched today at 21andProud, on the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton University at 1pm on the stage outside the Performance Hub.
The Mortal Man is now available from lulu.com at £8.99, all profits going to The National Autistic Society.
For further information please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made using the following details:
By Post: The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG
Mobile Giving: Text DAVD99£1 to 70070 or text DAVD98£1 to 70070
Wendy Webb's story, Norfolk's Beautiful Child is also available, as a free download from Obooko:
– Stuart Williams