Father-son suicide pact may transform depressed writer

PUBLISHED: 16:19 12 January 2011

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FROM the man who brought audiences Channel 4's How To Get A Book Deal and the award-winning memoir We Can't All Be Astronauts comes the true-story of how a father-son suicide pact transformed a man from cynical loser to happy failure.

Sacked, dumped, and stuck living back with his parents, failed writer Tim Clare struggled to see the point in carrying on.

Tim Clare’s Death Drive will be staged at the Bristol Old Vic on January 27.

Eventually, during a 4am drive, his newly spiritual dad staged a dramatic last-ditch bid to shock him out his misery.

Thus Tim began a quest to lose his cynicism and get happy.

But when you are faced with jeering teens, obnoxious neighbours, all six Rocky movies and a psychic horse, is there anything in this sordid world worth getting happy about?

Tim Clare is an award-winning writer and performance poet – he is a member of the Time Out Award-winning poetry collective Aisle 16.

His work has appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight Review, Radio 4, BBC 6Music and in The Guardian, The Times and The Independent.

In July 2010 Tim successfully wrote and published online 100 poems in a single day, after taking suggestions for poem titles from his Twitter fans.

He went one better in December 2010, achieving 101 poems in a day.

Tickets, priced £6-8, are available on 0117 987 7877.

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