I am predominately a creative non-fiction writer. This website is intended to give you a brief overview of my work – containing extracts from my books as well as a selection of my previously published articles. I hope you will enjoy the journey that it takes you on  – which includes images of Ireland, intended to remind you of the beauty of its landscape.

Biography


Author’s Profile

Declan Henry lives in Kent, England and was born in County Sligo, Ireland. He was educated at Goldsmiths’ College and King’s College, London. Declan holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Social Work and a BA (Hons) in Education and Community Studies. He has dual vocational qualifications in Social Work and Community and Youth Work. He is a registered social worker and has worked in the profession since 1993.

To date, Declan has written four books:

Trans Voices  (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017) sensitively examines what life is like for transgender people in today’s world. (First published by Squirrel Publishing, 2016).

Why Bipolar?  (Squirrel Publishing, 2013) dispels the myths surrounding this serious mental illness and investigates the misuse of psychotropic medication.

Buried Deep in my Heart  (The London Press, 2010) is the author’s enchanting childhood story about growing up on a farm in the west of Ireland.

Glimpses  (The London Press, 2007) is a collection of true-to-life stories about disaffected teenagers and is set in the UK and Ireland.

In addition to his books, Declan has also been published in the media, both in Ireland and the UK, including articles in: The Kent Journal of Mental Health, Kent Messenger, Kent on Sunday, The Irish News, The Irish Post, The Irish World, The Harp and Ireland’s Eye.

The Writer Within

I love being a writer. It’s what drives me in life. And as a naturally curious person, I’m fascinated by what makes people tick. I like discovering how people conquer their adversaries and love human interest stories. My books are essentially about people – their characters, emotions, thoughts and reactions – and mainly which qualities and attributes make them such unique individuals.

As a writer, I try to incorporate both sides of humanity into my writing, having learned that life is far from grim and that there is enough kindness, compassion, love and humour to overcome life’s obstacles, regardless of how much misery, abuse, or injustice exists. I try to compensate the darkness by highlighting the kinder side of nature, because otherwise I risk painting the world as a dull and bleak place. I am currently considering a number of options in the lead-up to my next writing venture – because writing is simply in my blood.

Books


TRANS VOICES – Becoming Who You Are

Trans Voices contains interviews from over one hundred transgender and non-binary people, highlighting the diverse experiences and challenges they face before, during and after transition. This comprehensive book explores a range of topics such as hormone treatments, reassignment surgeries, sex and sexuality, mental health and transphobia whilst detailing the social, physical and emotional struggles involved.

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Why Bipolar?

We live in a world filled with beauty, wonderment and equilibrium – but equally one that is filled with evil, suffering and injustice. People with emotional and mental health problems have endured profound ignorance and bigotry from society for centuries.Society is frightened by The Different, and it always has been. The Different have been persecuted for centuries – ethnic minorities, non-majority sexualities, people with disabilities…‘The Mad’.

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Buried Deep In My Heart

This coming of age story from Declan Henry captures life growing up on a farm in Derrykinlough, a rural village on the Sligo/Mayo border in the Irish Republic during the 1970s and early 1980s. This is an evocative account of an Irish childhood and tells of a now vanished world – settled, highly traditional and moulded at every point by Catholicism. It’s an account of self-discovery while encapsulating the hopes and ideals reminiscent of the time.

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Glimpses

Three out of every four children enjoy a good enough childhood, and manage to successfully navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood-emerging as sane and well-adjusted human beings. However, the remaining one in four of our children are ill treated, abused, brutalised and abandoned through circumstances beyond their control. The 26 short stories contained in Glimpses are all based on fictional characters, the circumstances displayed are true to life.

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These houses were once the pride and joy of their owners. Imagine the happiness experienced when they moved into their new home. The busy time spent unpacking, arranging furniture and objects whilst open turf fires provided warmth and a picture of the Sacred Heart over the mantelpiece assured protection. Read more


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These holy places of worship have seen generations of families pass through their doors. Some of these buildings will have borne witness to thousands of happy and sad occasions throughout the last century. The sanctuary lamp perpetually lit as a reminder of being in God’s house. Read more


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Ireland has numerous castles spread across its four provinces. Many are merely preserved ruins, some have been adopted by the Office of Public Works and restored to high levels of craftsmanship, and others transformed into luxurious hotels. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they are steeped in history… Read more

To view and download my ADHD booklet in the PDF format, simply use the menu situated at the top right of the image. This booklet continues to be distributed throughout Kent to parents and professionals.

You are also very welcome to email me. It’s always great to hear from people who have enjoyed my writing. You can also wish to like and view my author’s facebook page (click on the icon below). My page contains updates on my writing, book reviews – as well as opinions and previously published material from my archives.

info@declanhenry.org.uk

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