THAT’S THE TICKET: New author Maurice Malcolm
A NEW book of poems summing up the life journey of a Jamaican who realised his true potential later on while living in the city of Wolverhampton has been released.
The book, called Ticket - Admit One, is about the life experiences of Maurice Malcolm, a defence lawyer who represents suspects in police stations and prisons across the UK.
His career has probably given him an invaluable insight into human nature which forms the backbone of his poetry.
But Malcolm says his main source of inspiration has been his hard-working 82-year-old mum Icilda from Hanover, Jamaica, who tried to instil in him as a boy her golden rules of good manners, respect, self-discipline and ambition.
He admits it took him a long while to see the benefit of them, having mucked around at school behaving as he describes himself ‘like the village idiot’.
“I felt ashamed that I had not fulfilled my part of the bargain, which was to get a good education,” he writes at the start of his book. “I learned later that education is the key to take people where they want to go.”
But by the age of 29 he had turned his life around and was studying for a law degree at the University of Wolverhampton, even clinching a university prize into the bargain.
The hard work his mother invested in him finally paid off.
His poetry writing had been going on in the background for years and finally, encouraged by family and friends, he decided to publish some.
The 17 poems all have varying messages, taking the reader through a journey touching on a variety of themes such as fitness, morals, respecting the importance of nature, and emphasising the importance of leaving the world in a good state for the next generation.
“Some of the writing is controversial and will make people feel uncomfortable, but I’m not trying to appease people or be popular,” adds Malcolm, who lives in Wolverhampton.
“I just hope the message gets through. There are many dramas in life and there always will be, but it is how you deal with them that counts.”
The book is published by Poetry in Motion Production Ltd. For details contact Maurice Malcolm on 07971 687 850.