Troubador The Parkinality Poetry Book

Released: 28/07/2019

ISBN: 9781838590895

eISBN: 9781838595975

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Parkinality Poetry Book

‘Did you ask if you could write a poem about my Aunt?’ and other poems

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The Parkinality Poet is Julie Walker, diagnosed in 2012 the age of 44 with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD), she tries to remain positive, concentrating on what she can do rather than dwelling on what she cannot.  

In 2017 Parkinality was born; a blend word which Julie created; Parkin(son's) (person) ality. Through her website, blog, poems, fundraising and articles she aims to raise awareness and understanding  of YOPD with the ultimate aim to speed a cure; www.parkinality.co.uk. During 2019 and 2020 30% of any royalties earned from the sale of the paperback and ebook go to The Cure Parkinson's Trust; www.cureparkinsons.org.uk 

In her first book The Parkinality Poetry Book, she has written over fifty original poems about fictional personalities. The message about Parkinson's is subtle with only a handful of the characters effected by Parkinson's Disease. Characters include Ralph and his clipboard, Nora with her knitted animals and Tamara and her botox. Some poems are silly, some funny, some sad, some confusing. They will all make you stop and think. Some might educate you and she hopes all will entertain. They simply tell a story and tell a story simply, no technical words or backwards writing to decipher.

Julie is now eating both her hat and her words, she always said no ebooks, but in May 2020, due to demand, has now added that to the paperback edition already available. 

So Julie asks that you pour yourself a lemon squash sit in a comfy chair and enjoy this book.

Crickey how exciting is this (the answer is 'exceptionally'). Came home from holiday to find the real actual copies of my book on the door mat. Now the promoting begins.

I love the book, I presumed it would be all about Parkinson’s but it wasn’t. In fact it was a great reflection about a person with Parkinson’s.....Parkinson’s does not steal your identity, it is there it is always there but you are still you.

I loved the bulk of the poems which were about general observations on life, ie. relationships, hopes and regrets and I totally love the poems relating to technology which is the real culprit to stealing people’s identities, humanity ironically. The collection of poems felt like our time sitting in the pub having a chat, Parkinson’s represented by the title of your book is always there in the background behind these chats, almost forgotten until sudden moments the conversation is interrupted by either chat or physicality of Parkinson’s which is represented by the obvious and direct poems about the impact of Parkinson’s on the person and those around them. The fact that the latter poems come out of the blue I find a really effective technique to make these poems hit hard and hit home.

The contrast to technology again I really like, it has really made me think how (and please do not get offended I know it is nothing like Parkinson’s but bear with me) people are debilitating themselves with mobile phones mentally and physically. Ie. Yes you may while we are having a chat have a moment where you struggle physically and our conversation has to hold till you are as comfortable as can be yet I much rather that than my companies phone go off mid way in our conversation and they dismiss themselves to text, call or go on facebook!

by Toni Frostick


The Parkinality Poet

The Parkinality Poet is a multi faceted oxymoron with a GSOH. Her large handbag contains: a blue disabled badge, medication, spare medication, back-up medication, water, disabled bus and train pass, radar key which unlocks ten billion public toilets, an umbrella and two walking sticks. On a Friday night, you may find her chatting, drinking gin, dancing and getting up to other general malarkey. We have it on good authority that she is not a ... pain in the arse. Previous theatre credits include: Seaweed, Tree, Lamb and The Tin Man (non-speaking/singing role).

The Parkinality Poet is Janet Bric-a-Brac aka Julie Walker. I was diagnosed in November 2012, aged forty-four, with early onset Parkinsons Disease (PD). A (currently) incurable, degenerative neurological condition. I try to remain positive and concentrate on what I can do. I cannot cure Parkinsons, but I can raise awareness, in the hope that people will gain an insight and understanding of this unpredictable, debilitative condition, and ultimately that a cure will be found.


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