John King, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2011-2012

November 29th, 2011 | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on John King, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2011-2012

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” (Matsuo Basho)

This quote seems quite appropriate for me as it is how I perceive of my life, a life that has led me this moment to be a student of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling.

The road to here perhaps Robert Frost himself would have thought twice about treading but it has offered me a wealth of opportunity (not always taken) and experience. Many years ago I played football, until injury ended for me the dream and when I look back I realise that it was the creativity I enjoyed, the communication respected by your peers that gave it meaning. So to college to study Sports Science and the recurrence of the said injury, but although sadly I had to leave the course something strange or wonderful or wonderfully strange happened, a poem came into my head fully formed and onto the paper in front of me.

This was the beginning of a new wave of expression; writing, illustration and playing music. I guess it had been there all the time but was being warded off by the footie monster. First of all the writing appeared very black and white but after a while it became more and more filled with colour, as did the illustrations, as did the music, as did my life. So moving along the road a little and waving to Robert who seems very content upon his chosen path, I complete a book and it is something I wish to share. Now a little further along the road and to Robert positively beaming I begin to ponder the possibilities of bringing the work to publication.

Remember the Publishing Studies? Well,  here I am feeling somewhat privileged to have this opportunity to study at the University of Stirling and hoping that  I may realise the vision which has been revealed to me upon my journey. So if I may, I present myself as an illustration – a pigment of my imagination; a colour-seed with so many possibilities.