“Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance”
- so please keep all your windows open!
WOW! The publication of Stan Frith’s fourth book Behind the Smile – his second attempt at poetry and verse, has really taken off! In the months since publication, profits have exceeded £16,000 (incl Gift Aid) all of which have been donated to the charity Depression Alliance. Stan insisted all profits from the book go to this charity in memory of his son Jason who died after a four year battle with the illness. (Note: there are over 6 million people in the UK suffering from Depression and last year 5000 deaths were attributed to the illness – 3000 under the age of 25). Having experienced firsthand the heartache, pain and anguish that hits a family when depression takes its toll, Stan is hoping that he can help redress that statistic not just from book sales, but by creating awareness and also by giving of his time as an Appeal Board member for the charity.
Many people have read Stan’s work and have encouraged others to buy the book. TV personality and author Stephen Fry sent a tweet to his 8.1 million followers (caused this website to crash!), actor David Suchet re-tweeted it to all of his followers as did Sharron Davies, Olympic gold medallist. Great reviews have come from Sally Brampton (author, journalist and until recently The Sunday Times ‘agony aunt’); Tim Lott (author, journalist and TV/radio commentator); Mark Rice-Oxley (author and Guardian news editor); Rachel Kelly (author and journalist), Bel Mooney (author, journalist and broadcaster); Dr. W.L.O’Shea-Meddour, (author, poet and Royal Literary Fellow); ‘Suggs’ McPherson (lead singer with “Madness, musician, actor and songwriter); Lidia Vianu, author, critic and Professor of English); Duncan Bell (retired Bath and England professional rugby player). Not a lot of support as yet from those in poetry societies and organisations but fingers crossed. It should also be noted that Stan achieved all of this success without Arts Council or Lottery funding which is unique in itself as sadly, very little of today’s poetry sells.
It is a fitting tribute to this author that the CEO of the charity, Emer O’Neill wrote on the book cover “In donating all proceeds from this wonderfully sculptured book of verse to our charity, Stan really does exemplify the maxim ‘ Happiness is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.’ We congratulate and thank him”
To order a copy of Stan’s latest book and donate all proceeds to Depression Alliance please go to https://www.justgiving.com/BehindtheSmile/
If you are someone who enjoys tweeting you could help Stan by tweeting ‘Behind the smile’ a collection of beautiful #poems by Stan Frith published in support of @DepressionAll http://bit.ly/1mH3y8G
AS DID STEPHEN FRY:
Editor, Palladian Books