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Sign up now! It’s my book launch in Chester

Book launch news.

The venue is booked and the invites ready to go.

I’m hosting a launch event on May 17 in Chester for my new book, Inside Fatherhood, to mark 80 years of Father’s Day this June.

Here’s some background:

Join us for a launch evening of thought-provoking discussion with some of the men I interviewed for the book, sharing their experiences of fatherhood and advice for the next 80 years.

It’s an upbeat appreciation of the importance of fathers. No dry speeches, nor long readings. Pay-as-you-go drinks.

Sign up for this free event at this Eventbrite link.

Writing a book about fathers showed me why I need my dad

My book just came out.

I should have been celebrating, or better still doing some promotion. But I’ve done nothing since publication on March 23. I’ve barely opened the pages.

Why? I’ve written a guest blog post for the website This Dad Can to explain.

Here’s a sample of the text:

Just as the book was due to be published, my own dad was taken seriously ill. He has spent a long period in hospital and, while now stabilised, has been diagnosed with a major dementia.

I now carry around with me every day the knowledge that he will never get better — only decline cognitively. The irony is not lost on me that, while I was busy talking to men about why dads matter, my own father was slowly fading away.

But I’ve also got a responsibility to the ten men featured in the book to let their stories be heard. They shared their stories with me and wanted a wider audience to learn from their experiences.

So the promotion starts. I’m arranging a book launch in Chester for Thursday, May 17 — sign up here.

And, as we move towards the 80th anniversary of Father’s Day, I’m going to celebrate why we all, myself included, should appreciate the important role our fathers and grandfathers play.

Because dads care too.

Read the full story at This Dad Can.

Why you need to read Inside Fatherhood in 2018

Big news for a new year.

The edit is complete, the cover finalised [see above] and my book, Inside Fatherhood, will be published on March 23.

What’s more, you can now now pre-order a copy direct from BRF here.

Ten ordinary men talk about their extraordinary experiences of fatherhood and how it transformed their lives.

It offers a snapshot of life for modern dads in the year that Father’s Day turns 80 — and some advice for the next 80 years.

Here’s a brief taster of the text:

“The whole way we think about fathers has changed — from the distant Victorian dad to the hands-on, multi-tasking, nappy-changing, work-life-balance-juggling dad of today.

Our gender role as men has changed, too, from hunter-gatherers to nurturing bedrocks of emotional support.

Yet men are still often ridiculed in adverts as hapless and denigrated by society as secondary.”

Watch this space over the next couple of months for updates about launch events and how you can get involved in telling your own story.

Inside Fatherhood drafts: a champion for male mental health

Paul Gask went off the rails.

A stressful job and a male-dominated culture of macho behaviour left him on the verge of a complete breakdown.

But Paul found strength in his role as a father and now works with men to champion issues around mental health, suicide and taking back control.

I recently interviewed Paul [pictured above] for Inside Fatherhood, my forthcoming book to be published by BRF in 2018.

Here’s a preview of his moving story:

“I tried to process why he hadn’t said anything to me. I couldn’t cope with the grief but, when I sent to see the welfare officer, they told me to ‘pull myself together’. I couldn’t admit I had a mental health problem to my employer. I didn’t even know that I might have one. I knew the stigma attached to it. In that kind of working culture, men just didn’t talk about their feelings.”

Do you have an experience of fatherhood to share? Contact me if you would be interviewed for the book.