John B.



Member since:

September 17, 2013

What type of writing do you do – or would you like to do?

I have written existential poetry, which just appears in my consciousness. I have also written extensively (and been published) on the language of the Picts, transcribing it into Old Irish and translating that into English. The language had previously been considered untranslated, untranslatable. This is ongoing and I could use support. I am also thinking of a way to communicate my observations of the collective unconsciousness through a novel. After writing below, I should comment I have, within the framework of the law concerning the keeping of information and the Caldicott Principle, collected hundreds of bona fide stories and cases that I might draw upon.

What book do you wish you had written and why?

I have not, previously, wanted to write a novel considering my life as a book and thereby a no holds barred sensual experience to be had in the real world. You cannot be both the dancer and the critic. Post stroke, my dance is over, it is time for integration. Drawing upon my work with troops suffering from PTSD and growing up in Scotland, which, as a nation, I suggest was suffering from collective PTSD following two world wars, I wish to explore individual consciousness and contrast that with the collective unconsciousness of "Britishiness". I wish to write about the psychological processes attaching to hierarchy and the individual. There are stories to be told here, not just my own. As a novel, a drama, the subject is more accessible than otherwise as an academic piece of literature.

What was the last piece of writing to totally blow you away?

Totally? The poetry of Rumi. I couldn't walk for weeks.


Age 57. Ex-archaeologist, businessman, psychotherapist. Retired after a stroke last year. Writer of existential poetry. Experienced much. Intrigued and appalled by the Collective Unconsciousness. Favourite books, Ecclesiastes and Heart of Darkness.


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