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Nick Lewis

Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He was diagnosed with MS some 30 years ago. What follows is a serial collection of stories based on incidents in his life during that time. He has tried to regard the disease as part of himself - just as if he had an enormous nose or as if he had fathered an awkward child. In other words it's an existential approach, along the lines of the American writer Richard Ford in The Lay of the Land: "Some force in my life was bringing me hard up against what felt like myself - an end to perpetual becoming.” Replying to people who asked in wonder "How do you do it in this uncharted time of life?", his protagonist Frank Bascombe said: "This is how in the shit I am! My life is this way”. Generally speaking however, over this period Nick describes the course of his own life as "adventurous and enjoyable."

Posts by Nick Lewis

Abstract painting in strong reds and greens of flowers and a bush

A Journey With My Self: Jogging yourself out of it

Those days I spent most of my time voluntarily editing a left wing magazine, and proof reading and copy editing for various publishers to provide some kind of income. (It was the early 1980s, Ken Livingstone was running the Greater London Council, and like many of my friends, I felt ...

Painting of a red flower

A Journey With My Self: Telling my friends

Mike, one of my South London left-wing friends, invited me round for dinner at his Clapham residence. A few of our other political pals were round there too. Mike and his wife Sheila liked to do things properly. The food and wine were sumptuous, Sheila gave us a few bars on ...

Watercolour painting of two people sitting on a bench looking out at the sea

A Journey With My Self: Telling my family

Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He was diagnosed with MS some 30 years ago. What follows is a serial collection of stories based on incidents in his life during that time. Not yet being obviously disabled by the MS I imagined that I wouldn't have to tell all ...

watercolour painting of a pot plant on a veranda

A Journey With My Self: Flight

Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He was diagnosed with MS some 30 years ago. What follows is a serial collection of stories based on incidents in his life during that time. It was summer 1988. My wife Tio, an international aid worker for the Red Cross, had been ...

self-portrait of the artist/ authors face using expressive strokes of the paintbrush and bold colours

Short story: Nick Lewis: ‘Travels With My Self’

In 2015, Nick Lewis was Highly Commended for Poetry by the Creative Future Literary Awards - a national literary competition aimed at talented marginalised writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. Based in Oxfordshire, Nick was a journalist (Socialist Society, Interlink) in the early ...