Sunday, 26 October 2008

Not leaving my dreams to chance!

Dear Readers,

This is the third edition to my column. Since the last entry you have seen pictures of my book travelling the globe and there have been some important endorsements along the way. I feel that the momentum is building slowly and this period for me is really engaging and I am enjoying every minute of it. It is the only thing on my mind right now.

A few weeks ago my promotional team attended The Word Power event at the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal F.C.) I was happy I attended as it gave me a greater insight into where I want to be and how I intend to get there. As you can see in the picture I now have branded T-shirts, so if you spot them anywhere feel free to say hello. I also had the pleasure of meeting established authors and those who have published for the first time. The passion for their work was evident and it was important to find people who are prepared to make a valuable contribution to their own community.

One of my particular highlights was meeting Natasha Danvers who won Olympic Bronze medal at the Beijing Games. She is down to earth and has certainly shown me that despite her injuries dreams are still possible.

I was guest speaking at a school last week in Enfield followed by another one in East London on Friday and one of the things that struck me was the number of young people seriously aspiring to achieve. I feel that there is a genuine belief now that their thoughts can be reality. They certainly had successful people there to help them along, including Yolanda Brown (winner of MOBOs for Jazz category). I met her about 4 years ago and have watched her grow into an amazing performer! She is definitely an example of what can be done when you make good effective use of your talents. The event was a success and I was happy to be a part of it.

I also want to mention another person who has given me a platform and important words of advice when I first started out. He is one of the funniest guys I know in the UK and has supported the UK scene for a long time and is now moving to the US. He gave me the confidence to keep writing and to work hard and stay focused. So Kojo I just want to thank you for your timely intervention you were one of the first people to show me that I can be whatever I wanted to be just by following your example. I wish you all the best in your new venture.

There is still a lot of work to be done before unveiling my launch date and book signing event. I do not intend on leaving my own dreams to chance.
Until next time.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

I AM - Around the World

Dear readers,
Sometimes there are not enough words that can adequately describe the support I have received over the last few weeks. I wish to thank all of my close friends for playing a part in this special experience. I have decided to upload some photos to explain the absence of my words.

These shots were taken on one of the paradise Islands in the Indian Ocean and you can find other shots from around the world in Myspace and my Facebook Group page.

This project began when Isaac Alabi, a very good friend of mine took an uncorrected review copy of my book on holiday to Africa. He returned with great photos of 'I AM' appearing in a variety of locations unique to that countries custom. Naturally I was in love with the idea and it is my intention for my work to now travel around the world.

While writing this I have decided to omit the names of the countries from which these photos have been taken.
There is always a moment when time and the names of things are not important and only those people or sights that exists in front of you should be appreciated... before language there is always beauty.

These photos were taken by Priya Sands.

Until the next time.

Sunday, 5 October 2008


Dear readers,

Welcome to my blog space. This is an opportunity for you to get to know Alexander Jackman and the man behind the name. There have been a number of questions since I set up the profile asking what is this all about? Do I know you and when is the book out? Well this is the perfect opportunity and venue to share my day to day thoughts, experiences, my words and details of my impending book Titled 'I AM' - a book of unintentional thoughts.

I want to introduce myself. My name is.. actually no.. my name is not important. I can tell you Alexander Jackman is my pen name and it is a name I have chosen because it is quite simply one that belongs to my Grandparents, Anora Alexander and Leslie Julien Jackman. I wish to lay down a legacy in the way that they have done for me in my upbringing. I love them with all my heart and thank them for all the precious moments that I have had as a child growing up into the man that I am today. Without those two this work may not have been accomplished in the same way. However I believe it was and is written as it should be...

I wish to thank all of my family and friends that have stuck by me throughout this journey, it has not come without its downs then ups, the goodbyes and the many hellos and I am very grateful for my many great experiences.

Until next time.