"The force that propels the human spirit on the clear way forward is the abstract spirit."
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
IF YOU SEE MAX
MS completed August 2020
The son of a Jewish émigré art collector, Max Zorin’s life revolves around his family, friends, social life and photography. Against a backdrop of Paris during Les Années Folles to Guernica into the Occupation and World War II, Max’s story unfolds as one timeline. With a new identity he is given an undercover role as a photographer. Sent out on assignments, he faces painful revelations that affect him more than he realises. A second timeline begins in Paris in December 1944, with two British intelligence officers gathering incriminating material against the Germans. One is struggling with memory lapses and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the turmoil of Berlin in 1945, Max faces his greatest test of all, as a photographer and a human being.
In Paris, during the first year of the German occupation, vignettes of people’s lives are linked by themes of isolation, displacement and resistance. Rudi Stern, an art collector and Annette Malzien, a curator each take steps to protect their children and save paintings from the Nazi pillage. Meanwhile at the Jeu de Paume, a young German officer and art historian, Johann Schäfer, is immersed in the cataloguing of sequestered art. An Abwehr major investigating forged identity papers closes in on a student, while an ageing jeweller helps a desperate woman. Living under the eclipse of war, lists, removal and relocation of people and paintings become synonymous, even statues of old revolutionaries.
UNDER THE ECLIPSE
MS for submission as
M. Research Creative Writing thesis in February 2021
Sea Dreams is a collection of poetry prose I began writing not long after my arrival from the southeast England to live on a small acreage just outside Fort Macleod, southern Alberta, Canada in the summer of 2005.
'Yet, there seemed to be a smell of salt in the night air and, as winter came upon me and the first snows fell, I saw shapes and lines as on sandy beaches ...
As the prairie grass blew and rippled in the Chinook wind I imagined this place when once it was ocean and wondered in awe at how small I was.'
SEA DREAMS for sale as an e-book at