Life changes in every way after a war. You are refugee. You become a flying bird with nowhere to go... With art I have a voice, now I can make things. Doing the art, giving me a chance to speak, you make me feel important. Going to the Houses of Parliament and speaking I felt very good. It's what I've got now, it's all I own.
Poems and art can tell you the truth and that's healthy... It's facing reality.
Drugs were taking over my life utterly - and that's an understatement. It was making everyone ill - me, my wife, my mother, dragging us all under. Now at last it is all coming together I'm cleaning out the drugs, cleaning up my life. I am getting back on the computer, back on writing, getting back on art...I was right-handed before I got my fingers cut off, now I've had to learn to write with my left. Maybe it's finally changed my head, maybe it's opened me up. Artists are left handers and that's where I need to go.
We all need good things in life, otherwise there's no point in living. This project is about making something good out of the bad stuff.