NANOOK the BIPOLARBEAR
By James Osborn
Nanook the Bipolarbear is a bear in chaos… Riding the icy waves of Bipolar Affective Disorder and barely coping with the stress of everyday life. Nanook has been in a five-year hibernation while processing the complex emotions of life. Nanook lives at both poles and regularly visits everywhere in-between. Oddly for a bear with an Instagram account, Nanook would rather be hidden in a cave than displayed for everyone to view. The only reason for agreeing to take part in this book is to help others who are dealing with stressful situations in their mental health. Nanook took a lot of convincing to get involved. Nanook isn't here to pretend everything is OK and that this bear is doing any better than anyone else in life, Nanook just wants to show that its OK to not be OK.
‘Drawing out the hidden truth of mental health experience.’
- Dr J Gill
‘This wonderfully honest, thought provoking book is a credit to James.
Written through the eyes of Nanook the Bipolarbear, James is able to articulate the difficult thoughts and feelings that can lead to the temptation of isolating one’s self from society and the stigma attached to ill mental health.
A must read for those who are unable to find words and a must for those who are trying to understand.’
- Julie Mattinson (director of mental health charity IPSUM)
‘James Osborn; Artist, Musician, creator and the life behind Nanook The Bipolarbear. Truly Inspirational.’
- Scott Cowley (AKA Rusty Goat. Poet)
Book Cover Design by James Osborn
Book Cover template by Jason Conway of Cre8urbrand
Everything Rhymes with Orange
By Derek Dohren
It has never been my intention to tell anyone how they should or shouldn’t interpret my work. That is the sole preserve of you, the reader. It is a philosophy I take with me from my efforts as a painter. The reward is that I’m often pleasantly surprised to hear what catches the attention of those who stop to look or listen. It’s humbling to receive that insight and wisdom. Occasionally I’m shocked to have missed something profound in my work that is subsequently made obvious to me and of course, from time to time it’s uncomfortable to receive a scathing critique!
No matter, whichever way the feedback falls it seems to me that handing out prior clues and guidelines to how a piece of creative work should be understood restricts the possibilities of what a viewer, a reader or a listener may otherwise experience. Nobody needs to be told what to think, or what to feel. In that spirit I cordially invite you to browse the poems in this book as you see fit, and to make of them what you will. Whatever thoughts and emotions they foster, will be properly your own.
Derek Dohren, June 2019.
Dohren is a writer & performer who lets his personality come through his work. His… voice charms audiences with poignant/comedic moments… come across his work and you will be left wearing a thoughtful smile…
Chris Richard Beale, Tonic, Bristol.
Derek Dohren is one of my favourite poets. Original, clever and witty, his poems can be heard/read again and again without ever losing their appeal.
Clive Oseman, Oooh Beehive, Swindon.
Dohren’s work brings together astute observations with beautiful turns of phrase. His style… brings a fresh perspective to contemporary living.
Charley Barnes, City of Worcester Poet Laureate.
Derek Dohren’s poetry takes you on a whimsical journey… Just when you think you know where you’re going, he flips the script and leaves you… gobsmacked, laughing or crying…
Stephen Grimes, co-founder of Food For Thoughts, Gloucester.
Dohren has an artistic flair that I’ve always admired. His words are crafted with such passion, resilience and thought…
Robin Hood-Shaw, Aspiregers, Cheltenham.
Derek Dohren is an exceptional wordsmith, creating his own universes from drily humorous and poignant observations.
Gary D. Poetry, Piranha Poetry, Stroud.
Derek Dohren, a shark basking in a sea of words, swallowing the tastiest…
…Derek is the man that possibly isn’t Derek, but probably is.
Sandra and David Ireland, Words and Music, Stroud.
Dohren invites us on a route that twists and turns… but charlatans, socialites, prigs and snobs had better get off the road… His voice is as distinctive on the page as it is at the mic. Entertaining to the last.
Sharon Larkin, Cheltenham Poetry Society