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Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet for forty years. When not writing or reading his poetry to an audience, he fills his time by working as a psychiatric nurse.

He has been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’.

He lives with his wife, in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).

Franks web page is located at: www.FrankPrem.com.

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Frank Prem Small Town Kid came about when I realized that in the space of a single generation the childhood that was the norm, and common in most of its elements…moreSmall Town Kid came about when I realized that in the space of a single generation the childhood that was the norm, and common in most of its elements right across the country, had disappeared.

Bonfire nights and crackers, outside toilets and the nightcart man. Riding bikes to see girls and walking unaccompanied a mile and more to school. All gone in what seemed no time at all.

When my own young children started treating my stories as myths or legends or outright fibs, it was time to write The Small Town Kid.(less)
Frank Prem Not so much with patients where I work now, although it has been true in the past.

I find now that the work seems cathartic for general…more
Not so much with patients where I work now, although it has been true in the past.

I find now that the work seems cathartic for general audience - which unknowingly at the time of sharing includes folk from all walks of life and experience.

I don't shy away from touching sensitive issues in my own way (murder-suicide, ECT and Involuntary Admission, for example in The New Asylum), and I think that audience appreciate that. They don't need to make themselves known, so it can be a secret thing, or they can share and we get into meaningful and robust discussion.

It's quite wonderful, really, and sometimes at its best with a small audience group.(less)
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The New Asylum – at last, the launch!

Big day tomorrow. The formal launching of Teh New Asylum in my home town of Beechworth. You’re all invited.
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some part of his soul
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what it's like
to feel entirely human”
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