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Goalkeeper: Memoir of Peter Street Book Launch

Spondylux Press, Manchester Poetry Library and Manchester Libraries are proud to invite you to the book launch of ‘Goalkeeper’ The Memoir of poet Peter Street.

One ‘alone, but not lonely’ boy’s triumph over adversity, motivated by his dream of becoming a professional footballer and a longing for truth and connection.

Street’s childhood memoir is a sensitive and honest portrayal, through a poetic autistic lens, of growing up with undiagnosed autism and epilepsy in an unconventional family during the 1950s and 60s.

A unique and vivid social document of the period, highlighting much of the discrimination still faced by minority and disabled communities today.

“The most astonishing life story of anyone I have ever interviewed” John Harris – Guardian“

“…an often startling memory of things felt in a rather frightening, yet fascinating past” Alan Brownjohn – Poet/novelist

“A beautiful insight into growing up in a challenging world. A sensory delight, I lived every page!” Alan Gardner – The Autistic Gardner

About Peter Street

Peter Street is a British-Irish autistic author and poet, born in Wigan 1948. He has published five poetry collections, performing his work internationally and on television and radio―including BBC Manchester where he was poet in residence.

He won a National Poetry Society commission, and wrote a series of poems in collaboration with fine artist Tony Bevan.

Street was a Royal Literary Fund recipient and has been writer-in-residence in schools, colleges and prisons. He is also a qualified youth worker, and previously worked as a chef, head gardener, gravedigger and exhumer.

Peter was diagnosed epileptic at fifteen, and fifty years later, after returning from war torn Croatia with PTSD, received his formal autism diagnosis at the age of sixty-six. He lives with his wife Sandra, and has two children and six grandchildren.


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