Read it on Hellnotes here.
Tragically, Graham Joyce has passed.
I'm going to keep this short--I'm still speechless, and simply can't begin to imagine how his family and close friends feel right now. The league of readers he inspired and captivated with his fiction . . . his colleagues, students, peers, teammates, publishers . . . the list goes on and on. How many lives does a man like Graham touch? Too many to count, certainly.
Now that I'm a member of the "club", it naturally strikes a nerve deeper inside me than I care to admit each time someone dies from this disease.
Listen to Graham discuss the language surrounding cancer and the people it affects, and how he doesn't want his death from lymphoma to be worded in the following clip:
BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth: Talking About Cancer
Graham also recently wrote a beautiful blog post called
"A Perfect Day and the Shocking Clarity of Cancer".
Be sure to read it--and if you haven't read his award-winning fiction, you should.
Rest in Peace, Graham. And thanks for sharing all you did with us . . . both with your words and with your heart.
And send me some dragonflies. I'll be listening.
Thanks for reading,