|Blurbarian Since||January 2012|
|My Web Site||http://www.graemewillgress.com|
|Location||Hatherleigh, Devon, UK|
|My Occupation||Writer, Expedition cylclist, Fundraiser, Public speaker|
I'm 52 years old and a new writer. Six years ago I suffered a major breakdown, the fourth and most serious in a series that have plagued my life since adolescence.
I lost my career as a teacher and everything else. In the following three years, my mother father and sister died, leaving me bereft, broken and with no direction.
A chance meeting with some cyclists led me back to something I had previously enjoyed 18 nyears before. I bought a cycle to help me learn to manage my mental health.
Riding seemed to set me free, and I began to get fitter on the wonderful trails and lanes wher I live. Deciding to ride 4000 miles around the UK coast for charity was something way beyond my capability when I dreamt it up.
Eighteen months of preparation led me to the start and then I just had to go and try, always with half a mind to my poor mental health.
I met amazing people, in amazing places. My faith in the world began to grow again. I began Riding to Recovery. and continue to do that in 2012
|Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...|
|Riding2Recovery is travelling from Lands End to the northern Shetland Isles in 2012. Travelling via the atlantic coast of Ireland, Scotland's Highlands, Outer Hebrides, Northwest, Orkneys and finally the shetlands themselves, it will be a wild and demanding ride. I'll be fundraising for Mind, the UK mental health charity. The ride will take me 'All around the ragged edges', and provide the material for my next book.|