Revd Cecil, as a Pastor, has been confessing his love for Christ and the spiritual values of Christianity, for his entire church career. This new collection confirms his belief that giving and receiving love is the greatest human value. They are not conventional poems but more like lyrics which demand to be set to music and performed in Christian as well as secular settings. Many of them remind me of the simplicity, directness, clarity and devotional energy of hymns.

-Professor David Dabydeen Office of the Vice Chancellor and President University House University of Warwick

Gideon Cecil

What has influenced your writing?

Reading the classics.

What is your motivation for writing?

Reading Shakespeare, Homer, Virgil, and Dante.

When did you start writing and what got you started?

During high school I was inspired by my English teacher to write stories, poetry, and essays.

Do you have any upcoming writing goals?

Yes, I do actually. A collection of literary essays, a collection of short stories, and 200 sonnets in a book.

What is your strong or weak point in your writing style?

I am actually strong at poetry and literary essays but I'm not good at drama. I still have to finish a novel.

Which writers do you admire?

Shakespeare, Dante, Wilson Harris, Derek Walcott, Tagore, Dickens, Hemingway, Homer & Virgil