Author(s): Sandy Jeffs
Not since Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton has anyone written so candidly about madness. Sandy Jeffs' poetry has a stark dignity, capable of conveying "shudders of intense fear". Yet in the midst of her rigours, she can access a voice both wild and funny. Sandy Jeffs' leavening sense of humour peoples her darkness with the sirens of the supermarket, a tinsel paradise and high-tech technicolour Armageddon. After all, God is only a word and angels, although mad, sing the wanderer into paradise.
Sandy Jeffs is the author of four previous collections of poetry one of which won the FAW Anne Elder Award, 1993 and was commended in the Human Rights Award, 1994. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on mental health and also speaks at schools about her experience of schizophrenia. Sandy is a very fine performer of her work, and has the subject of many features on national TV, national radio, and metropolitan newspapers. A video was made on the basis of Poems from the Madhouse. Her work is breathtakingly popular, and were she invited to participate in events overseas she would sell extremely well. Sandy has been to sell copies of her work at other writers' launches!! For some years she was a member of the Board of SANE, an organisation established to advocate on behalf of those with mental health difficulties.