A short collection of dark (deep) and light (simple) poetry and words by Australian author Jennifer L Simmonds with photography by same, and award winning artwork by daughter Gabrielle. On the darker side of her words, Jennifer writes almost lyrically, with influence and inspiration from the music industry, the likes of underground 80s bands (not surprisingly, having been a writer for a local music rag in Sydney), late Beatles and early Bowie, with dark depictions of the other side of life in the urban sprawl. On the lighter side, Jennifer's works are about our beautiful Aussie beaches and how they, along with other gifts of nature, can fill an empty heart or revitalise a tired one. Love, loss, Aussie beaches, the seasons. This is first of a series, with the next incorporating a larger mix of the happier and deeper sides of "humans being" (her words). Jennifer also ran workshops for children in Melbourne with regards to anti- bullying and positive thinking, the likes of which received attention and acknowledgment from various Parliamentary members and excellent feedback from the attendees. A book for kids re same is also in the works. Keep an eye on this author and her co- writer daughter.
Ms Simmonds runs deep.
Half of my life in Sydney on the northern beaches (with a gorgeous bro who surfed with the greats like Farrelly and co - and he was good too! - and made our beaches what they are. Wrote for On the Street Magazine in Sydney, then got my Dip in Acting, moved to Melbourne to be with my acting agency down here. Stayed on in Melbourne, working paralegal and conducting workshops for kids, now known as Positive Rules for Positive Kids for which a book is in the offing. My daughter and I have recently released "Just Words - Dark and Light" and will follow these up with various poetry readings, including ones for younger kids and ones by my 11 year old herself who has won art awards and is prolific in the English language and composition. We hope you enjoy our style. One should never hide their creativity, it's what we are here for, to share iwith others, whatever it is we are given as our talent in the dash between those dates of birth and rebirth.