Only Not Walking
Published by Smokestack Books
When Niall Spooner-Harvey was two, he was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy that meant he couldn't tie his shoe-laces for fifteen years. He entered his first poetry competition at the age of eight and won some birdwatching books presented by Bill Oddie. In 2004 he won the Farrago UK Slam Championships and was a member of the UK Slam team at the Hammer & Tongue Four Nations Slam in 2005.
Only Not Walking addresses the experience of living with an invisible disability in an impatient and unaccepting world. Hard-hitting and precise, humble and confrontational, these poems deal head-on with disability, deaths, love and being pushed around in colourful blue buggies.
“Good stuff... mischievous.” — Philip Pullman
”Incredibly funny… I fell off the sofa reading it… This is the real thing, and you should go out and by a copy. ” — Sphinx
”Charming, hilarious and downright bawdy… self-deprecating, generous and courageous. Delightful stuff. ” — Penniless Press
Niall Spooner-Harvey was born in York in 1982. He grew up on the Yorkshire coast and in Spennymoor, Co. Durham, before studying classics at Girton College, Cambridge.
He lives in London where he teaches Latin at a comprehensive school.