Simon Jenner’s profile is on Staff
Director since 2003, Simon is as opinionated as Tristram Shandy but keeps to shorter forms. In this climate polemic isn’t just desirable discourse, it’s an essential tool to lever even a modicum of justice, awareness and profiling of the disabalist climate we find ourselves in. His own views – not necessarily those of SP as a whole – seethe below. They’re usually topical and always researched. Simon’s own literary career has been lucky, though for many years he saw what silence and occasionally sleeping rough on a discarded mattress could do. Even here six years of military training in a bizarre former life got him through on occasion; he met many who didn’t make it.
We see justice and right in the fundamentals: housing, financial help and lack of harassment to survivors and sufferers as well as the right kind of help; and aspirational work with witness to give back dignity, meaning and even joy to the millions in this country currently persecuted. The climate now sets itself against many types of survivor. Mental distress afflicts one in four, and of these many slide towards poverty and isolation from originally secure salaries and lives. If you’re sympathetic to this, you know it could happen, or has happened, to you.
Whoever you are, please read on, here and everywhere else on this site – above all the superb Poetry Express, edited by Dave Russell.More than a poetry e-zine, it features artwork, reviews and essays, topical and of literary and survivor interest. For anyone literary or those interested in the human condition, there’s a great deal to download and read at leisure. The rest of the site – Poems and Essays of the Month, our Bookshop, Events, and so much else – are a click away.
As for what’s below, there’s a more than a fair dash of humour and as Simon’s mentor Martin Seymour-Smith was once described: ‘the good-humoured anarchist’ of contemporary poets. The mission though remains.