Simon Miles was born in Birmingham on 18 October 1956. He was a larger-than-life character, extremely well read and completely dedicated to his poetry. He died of natural causes in Bath on 6 July 2005 at the early age of 48, leaving behind a huge body of work in an eclectic mix of styles, most of which is still unpublished.
Simon’s school days were spent in Retford, Nottinghamshire. He went on to study English and drama at Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire and lived in Nottingham until 1996 when he moved to Bath. He stayed there until his untimely death in 2005, age 48. Starting in 1986 he initiated and ran various writers’ groups including the Bath Writers’ Workshop, which was formed in 1998.
Simon had a strong interest in mental health, which is the subject of this visual arts novel. He wrote and lectured on mental health issues and worked in numerous mental health environments. For seven years he taught a creative writing class at Rampton special hospital, Nottinghamshire. Later in his life he took a post-graduate certificate in counseling and served in a voluntary capacity as an advocate at Bath MIND Advocacy Service.
Simon’s poetry was first published in 1981. In 1988 he won the Grand Prize in the original poems section of the Ecstasy Competition of the Yeats Club of Oxford. His winning poem, ‘The Endless Column‘. was a poetic appraisal of the sculpture of the same name by the Romanian, Constantin Brancusi. In appreciation he was invited in 1995 to read at the Culture House in Tîrgu Neamt, Romania.
In 2005 Simon was awarded posthumously honorary status as a ‘Bard of Bath’ in recognition of his poetic achievements and the encouragement he gave to others through writers’ workshops and his own commitment to creative writing.