A collection of short stories and experiences from the life of 25 year old writer, music reviewer and stand up comedian, Thomas Bleach. Reflecting on feeling like “damaged goods” he explores growing up in a homophobic family, coming to terms with sexuality, bullying, coming out, falling in love, heart break, breaking legs overseas and mental health.
“It’s about realising that we are all “damaged goods” because it’s apart of the human condition and turning those “negative experiences” into positive growing ones” he explains of the concept.
To coincide with the digital world and the way we are consuming our experiences, he has decided to release this book in an innovative new way. Every week he will be releasing a new chapter that will dive into another part of his life and his mental state. Along with each chapter you will also receive a Spotify playlist of all the songs that relate to that time in his life and inspired him. As well as a gallery of photographs captured by different photographers from all over the world who are interpreting what the essence of each chapter means to them.
“I wanted to turn this book into an online experience and platform where we can all share our fears, thoughts and experiences and hopefully you can find something you can connect to”.
Throughout this book and online experience there are a few more surprises to be unveiled. Including live stand up comedy shows, podcasts and some exciting new frontiers for the multi-talented writer and the Entertainer Of The Year nominee for the 2019 Queens Ball.
This is a brand new writing venture that has been three years in the making and serves as a raw, vulnerable and personal collection of stories on top of his well recognised music review website ThomasBleach.com and his contributions for The Music Network.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO:
The kids who picked on me in school for being weird and “too” out there. You made me realise this IS who I am and it IS okay.
To the people who didn't believe in my vision and laughed at me. You made me reach higher.
To the boys that broke my heart into two and shattered my confidence. You made me feel. You made me learn. You made me grow.
To the friends who were there for me when I cried, when I laughed, when I felt, and when I dreamed. Thank you for lifting me up. And thank you to the friends who weren't there for me, because I learnt to be stronger on my own.
But most importantly to myself because sometimes we need to remember to thank ourselves for our hurt, our growth and our feelings. Because through it all I learned to believe in and trust myself, and that is the most powerful and important thing.
Photos: Zac Montgomery
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