A BROMSGROVE author who was ‘confined to his house’ as a result of crippling social anxiety has overcome his mental health issues to release a popular children’s poetry book.
Paul Minton, who is originally from Bromsgrove, published his debut book ‘Miss Winter’s Demise and Other Crimes against Poetry’ shortly before Christmas.
The humorous anthology of children’s verse is aimed at children aged nine to 12 years old but adults have also enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek poems which cover flying farm animals, polite pirates and a newspaper especially for ghosts.
The book has received a number of endorsements from various celebrities, such as Michael Fenton Stevens, who has compared the poems to those of Spike Milligan and Roald Dahl.
Paul, whose poems have been broadcast as far afield as Australia and been performed at the All Wales Comic Verse Competition, said writing lifted his spirits when life was at its most challenging.
“The rhymes were written when I was suffering from a crippling social anxiety that effectively confined me to my home,” he added.
“Having largely recovered, the book serves as a testament of triumph over adversity.
“I would love to think that the book can act as a beacon of hope for people whose lives have been affected by mental health issues.
“I hope it demonstrates that a lot of humour can still be found even while in the darkest of places.”
‘Miss Winter’s Demise and Other Crimes against Poetry’ by Paul Minton costs £6.99 and is available from Troubador and Amazon.