At fifty, Michael thought his life was over. In his mid-thirties, David wanted his life to begin. After these fathers divorce, they meet at a support group and fall spiritually and passionately in love. Their romance forces them to fight for the love of their children and battle against bigots who refuse to understand their lives as Italian and Black British fathers who love both ways. Two families. Two cultures. One love. Martin Patrick stands out as a Black British novelist in a dominant white ‘straight' publishing industry. Martin comes from an academic background as a Senior Lecturer, teaching Drama, Film, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. He began by writing plays, and in the early stage of his career he also did public readings at events such as Free Nelson Mandela, Clause 28, LGBT gatherings, and he was the only Black man from the UK who was chosen to read at Europride in Amsterdam 1994. Out of these early experiences he has now established himself as a novelist and the Director of the Great New Writers Company, launched in the summer of 2016, where he teaches and counsels aspiring LGBT, Black, and Asian writers. Martin believes ‘inspiring work', both learning from the masters and teaching protégées, is the driving force that empowers him to continue writing for a 21st century audience.
Martin Patrick was born in London. His education includes BA Hons, M.A, PGCHE and Ph.D. research Myth and Archetypes in the History of Narrative Fiction. He has written five plays, including Where To Now, which won him the London Playwright’s Co-op 1988 Best New Playwright Award. His third play, Give It Up Mum, was selected by The Independent Newspaper for the Second Phase prize. He was Senior Lecturer in Drama, Film and Cultural Studies. He spent a great deal of time travelling across Europe, the USA and the Caribbean. In the 1990s Martin performed his Vignettes at Open Mic readings and Performance Arts spaces such as the prestigious ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and New York City. Just before his second career as Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, his last play Romance and Treason ran in Amsterdam. Due to the demands of teaching and research, he stopped writing plays but continued to write Vignettes which he read in London and Amsterdam venues. After early retirement from University Lecturing, Martin started writing part-time and completed his first novel JJ's Isolation in 2012. After several years of Executive Sales in Education services, Martin resigned and left that work behind him to write Love Both Ways in 2015. He then set up his own small business in 2016. He now he teaches aspiring Black, Asian and LGBT authors at the Great New Writers Company. Martin lives in London.
Having looked forward to this release for months, I'm delighted to finally have the chance to read it! Amazon are now winging a copy my way and knowing Martin Patrick's work, I'm certain there's a fantastic read in store for me.
K. D. Robertson
Love Both Ways is a must read for bookworms who devour Black queer/LGBT literature. Martin Patrick does not disappoint with his latest offering.
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