210 x 140mm

ISBN 978-0-9928171-4-5

200 Weeks
by Gavin Richards

Part poetry, part memoir, 200 Weeks describes the savage journey of a man who has not only been brushed by mortality but who is still in the process of trying to wrestle it to the ground.

A prolific actor and director, Gavin Richards began writing poetry after he had been struck down by the rare disease Myasthenia Gravis. 'This collection consists of the bubbles that came to the surface during a long illness when I fought to hang on to myself, gather my losses and see what was left. I began to write because I felt as if I was fading from existence.' Rather than fade Gavin chose a literary journey of reflection and memory.

Like a mercurial navigator he leads us through the labyrinth of a life lived, from the lino on the floor of his childhood home in North London in the 1950s to the aftershocks of the 2011 earthquake in New Zealand where he has recently been living.

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Gavin Richards was born in Islington, North London and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is known to the general public for many leading roles in TV series and serials. His appearances include EastEnders and ‘Allo ‘Allo. Amongst his peers he is known for being a major influence as a director and writer in the development of the alternative political theatre movement of the 1970s, culminating in the long running West End hit Accidental Death of an Anarchist for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.