Me and Madmen



The title of this blog comes from Socrates, who said: “If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”

The header image is a 1677 engraving of Bedlam, the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London.

I am a history geek, a knowledge junkie and a passionate reader, so pretty much all of these posts will be about dead people, and a lot of them will be writers.

I have also been living with an anxiety disorder since 2006, and I have years of experience of working with people who have mental health problems. I am not precious about it, and occasionally I refer to myself in terms that some people will find offensive, but I promise to try my absolute best not to use any words that are disrespectful to the people I’m writing about, unless they’re from quotes.


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