I’m David Holloway, I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2001, although I don’t like to be known by my illness, I prefer to be called a UK artist/poet. I have more or less recovered from SZ; still I struggle with certain aspects of my life.
In 2009 I graduated from university with a sport and physical education degree (BSc). Besides poetry I also paint, draw, am involved with photography, write songs, play sport, design t-shirts and tweet.
I published a book of poetry in partnership with NHS South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), ‘The Colours of Schizophrenia‘ (August 2011). I use poetry as a means of therapy. Poetry makes my ‘soul dance’. I believe poetry to be a reflection of the inner most ocean that lies within. Please enjoy this blog, and let the ink flow!
My first book ‘The Colours of Schizophrenia‘ is available here in paperback at the store page, and as an ebook at iBooks and Barnes and Noble, and in paperback at Amazon very soon as of April 2013. It’s a book written in the throes of psychosis, and at the brink of recovery.
Work So Far
-Published an article for ‘People in Harmony‘, pertaining to ‘mixed race’ identity, entitled ‘Masks’ (2009).
-Featured in an article for the journal ‘Cutting Edge Psychiatry in Practice‘, entitled ‘My Colourful life with Schizophrenia’. This first issue of the new journal was dedicated to schizophrenia (2011).
-Featured in two interviews; one with South Essex Partnership Trust SEPT ’One in Four‘, also Mental Health Today‘ (2012).
-Joined Infinite 29, an art expression group in Bedford (2011).
-Published a poem at Intermix.org.uk ‘The Skins of the Mortals‘ (2012).
-Featured in a poster presentation at the International Poetry And Medicine Symposium (2012).
Co-wrote an article for British Medical Journal Case Reports (BMJ), ‘The Verses of Madness’: Schizophrenia and Poetry. Ahmed Khaldoon Hankir, David Holloway, Mark Agius, Rashid Zaman (2012).
I am currently writing my second poetry book out soon.
Thank you for reading about me. I can be found on Facebook, and I have a Twitter account, please show your kind appreciation if you ‘like’ the website on Facebook, and follow my tweets.