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The Day My Head Exploded by Rob Gee


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“One of the most gifted and funny poets in Britain today."
- Hammer & Tongue

Rob Gee worked for twelve years as a mental health nurse before becoming a stand-up poet. When his career as a performer was interrupted by COVID-19, he returned to nursing. The poems in this collection are drawn from his experiences as a nurse, inpatient and writer in healthcare settings.

"A natural-born storyteller with the ability to create equal parts comedy and empathy from the stories and characters he brings to life."
- Toronto Star

Rob Gee qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1994 and worked for twelve years in mental health units around the UK and Australia. Working mainly in acute psychiatry, he has also worked in child and adolescent units, drug and alcohol services, eating disorders, early psychosis intervention, dementia settings and psychiatric intensive care.

As a stand-up poet, Rob has won numerous poetry slams, including the Edinburgh Slam, the Arts Council’s Lit Up Slam, BBC2’s Why Poetry Matters Slam and the Orlando Poetry Smackdown. He’s performed at a hundred fringe festivals across the world and received over twenty awards for his solo shows. He is patron of Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project (LAMP) and lead artist for the Comedy Asylum: comedy shows written and performed by people receiving mental health treatment. Rob returned to nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic.