Late Love

Late Love

Sometimes Doctors Need Saving as Much as Their Patients

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‘I have fought a running battle with medicine for much of my career. I have wanted to leave it for poetry. This is the story of how that has come to change for me. And how both those worlds have at last arrived at some sort of reconciliation.’

As a youth worker, doctor and award-winning poet and children’s writer, Glenn Colquhoun has led a ‘life lived in two parts’. Writing and reading has always transported him to a world ‘flickered’ by colour, warmth and connection. Meanwhile his work as a GP in the Horowhenua has confronted him daily with scenes of doubt, dislocation and disadvantage. Late Love is a meeting of these worlds, a moving attempt to show what it is, as a doctor and writer, to be alongside people.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Oct 2016
Pages: 56
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947492892
ISTC: A0220160000000EB
DOI: 10.7810/9780947492892

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