THE BACK STORY

Michael’s daughter Steele was born very premature in Sri Lanka in 2006 and diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity, a severe visual impairment that nearly always ends in total loss of sight. Extremely concerned, Michael decided to stimulate Steele’s other senses, and so began writing nursery rhymes and silly songs for her. Over the years his writing progressed until in January his book Seeing Better Now was launched at the Galle Literary Festival. 
 
With Steele’s condition in mind, Michael decided to donate part of the proceeds to Nest, an island wide registered charity that cares for children with mental and other severe disabilities across Sri Lanka. Nest’s aims and objectives are to promote justice and understanding in the areas of mental health and wellbeing; to help women, children, families and individuals to cope within their communities; and to lift the yoke of labelling and institutionalisation. Like most developing countries public funds for such matters is minimal or non existent. It is a wonderful cause managed by magnificent volunteers.

In May 2018, Seeing Better Now was nominated for an award in the ’Outstanding Achievement in the Arts’ category at the BRISLA Awards 2018 to take place in the Long Room at Lords Cricket Ground in October.

LATEST NEWS

SUNDAY TIMES REVIEW – SEEING BETTER NOW

SUNDAY TIMES April ’18 – “Verses that make an unseen world jump out of the page.” “The very cream is offered... read more

DAILY MIRROR REVIEW APRIL ’18

DAILY MIRROR April ’18 – “The magic in Seeing Better Now.” “When Seeing Better Now was delivered to my office,... read more

THE SUNDAY ISLAND 28.01.18

SUNDAY ISLAND January ’28 – “A Tour de Force of Magical Verse!” “Seeing Better Now launches the career of a... read more

THE SUNDAY ISLAND 21.01.18

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Book signing at Barefoot Galle Sri Lanka

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