My book 'Whispers From Within' is out of print. I published the book on a short print run and gave readings of my writing at various events. I used the book to raise awareness and help others, which it succeeded in doing. Most were donated or used to raise money for charity. Since then I have also been on the radio a few times with my poetry and writing. Much of my poetry and writing raises awareness of serious issues, something I obviously feel very strongly about, but I do also write about other things. I have also written funny or light hearted pieces too, which have given people laughter, in the right places. Among the readings I have done of my work, includes: at public rallies in London in 2009, 2010 and 2012. My work has been used by a few people, organisations and charities and I'm always happy to add to this, especially for a good cause. Health issues do get in the way of what I do, and or, would like to, but I refuse to let it stop me. I encourage other artists of all types, to get their work out there. And I am against people or organisations who create an elitists world within the arts. There will be more of my work published in the future. You can find out more about me via this website, via the videos here from my YouTube account, or any of the links to my work from this site.
Extracts from some reviews of my book below:
“I am inspired by the raw vulnerability expressed by John within these pages”
“Many people use poetry as a cathartic tool, but few reach the goal of touching others with the strength of their work. John does”
“Johns poems have allowed me to have a clearer understanding of scars left by childhood abuse”
“Mr. Harrison writes these thoughts and emotions with an edge that is too clever to ignore”
“John has a fantastic way of expressing himself through his poetry”
“You write beautifully and your words are so profound and chilling at times”
“John Harrison is amazing and brave. He is talented with both writing & speaking words"
“He does have a talent for speaking the unspeakable. His videos are even more powerful"
* NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Helen has recently left NAPAC and I wish her all the best for the future. These reviews are on the back cover of my book:
“Every one of us is on a unique journey. In his book “Whispers From Within” John invites us to review the journey he’s been on thus far… showing us both the highs and the lows, the times of great sadness and the moments of hope and love. I am inspired by the raw vulnerability expressed by John within these pages – he holds nothing back in his telling of the truth. If we allow it to, this book will challenge us to be real with our emotions and just may be the key to unlocking our own whispers from within.”
Helen Munt, NAPAC Office Manager. *
“John Harrison has been through things that most of us would find difficult to believe. He has coped, if that is the right word, by expressing himself through his poetry and does so extraordinary well. Many people use poetry as a cathartic tool, but few reach the goal of touching others with the strength of their work. John does. You cannot help but feel the emotional pain and confusion of the torment he endured, from his abusers and those who were given the responsibility of helping him. Poems like ‘The Rock’ and ‘Consumed Within’ take us to places we would rather not go to, but the poetry is our guide and enlightener. He uses it to not only as a release and to make sense of himself, but also to raise awareness of the issues that many like him face.”
Tony Stringfellow -Author, Poet and Radio Presenter.
“Whispers from within is an insightful and emotional journey into the thoughts and feelings of a survivor of childhood abuse, who when the past begins to reveal itself, is further abused by a system that is supposed to be helpful and supportive. His poems and prose take you deep into the emotional pain he felt at the time. Johns poems have allowed me to have a clearer understanding of scars left by childhood abuse. John having survived, is now a campaigner breaking the silence to bring true Accountability, with Justice in mind.”