John Dolan - Author

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John Dolan is a critically-acclaimed artist living and working in Shoreditch, east London. For the past three years he and his dog George have sat out on Shoreditch High Street, while John sketched the world around him. Some of his sketches formed part of John's first solo show, George The Dog, John the Artist, which was a sell out in September 2013.

Featured books by John Dolan

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

Author: John Dolan Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the estates of east London, his early life was marked by neglect and abuse, and his childhood gift for drawing was stamped out by the tough realities outside his front door. As he grew older, he found himself turning to petty crime to support himself and ended up in prison. On coming out, with a record and no trade, he soon found himself on the streets, surviving day-by-day, living hand-to-mouth. It wasn't until he met George, a tearaway Staffy puppy, that his life changed for the better. To begin with, George was a handful: he had been abused himself and was scared of human contact. But in a matter of weeks. John and George had become inseparable. It was then that John decided to pick up his long-forgotten gift for drawing, sitting on Shoreditch High Street for hours at a time, sketching pictures of George which he would sell to passers-by. With his best friend by his side, and a pencil in his hand, John suddenly found his life's calling. Last autumn, John put on his first gallery show just across the road from where he had sat and sketched for three years. It sold out. Now, John and George are no longer homeless and live just around the corner from where they first met on the streets.

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

Author: John Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the estates of east London, his early life was marked by neglect and abuse, and his childhood gift for drawing was stamped out by the tough realities outside his front door. As he grew older, he found himself turning to petty crime to support himself and ended up in prison. On coming out, with a record and no trade, he soon found himself on the streets, surviving day-by-day, living hand-to-mouth. It wasn't until he met George, a tearaway Staffy puppy, that his life changed for the better. To begin with, George was a handful: he had been abused himself and was scared of human contact. But in a matter of weeks. John and George had become inseparable. It was then that John decided to pick up his long-forgotten gift for drawing, sitting on Shoreditch High Street for hours at a time, sketching pictures of George which he would sell to passers-by. With his best friend by his side, and a pencil in his hand, John suddenly found his life's calling. Last autumn, John put on his first gallery show just across the road from where he had sat and sketched for three years. It sold out. Now, John and George are no longer homeless and live just around the corner from where they first met on the streets.

Other books by John Dolan

The War Nerd Iliad

The War Nerd Iliad

Author: John Dolan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2017

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

Author: John Dolan Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the estates of east London, his early life was marked by neglect and abuse, and his childhood gift for drawing was stamped out by the tough realities outside his front door. As he grew older, he found himself turning to petty crime to support himself and ended up in prison. On coming out, with a record and no trade, he soon found himself on the streets, surviving day-by-day, living hand-to-mouth. It wasn't until he met George, a tearaway Staffy puppy, that his life changed for the better. To begin with, George was a handful: he had been abused himself and was scared of human contact. But in a matter of weeks. John and George had become inseparable. It was then that John decided to pick up his long-forgotten gift for drawing, sitting on Shoreditch High Street for hours at a time, sketching pictures of George which he would sell to passers-by. With his best friend by his side, and a pencil in his hand, John suddenly found his life's calling. Last autumn, John put on his first gallery show just across the road from where he had sat and sketched for three years. It sold out. Now, John and George are no longer homeless and live just around the corner from where they first met on the streets.

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

Author: John Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the estates of east London, his early life was marked by neglect and abuse, and his childhood gift for drawing was stamped out by the tough realities outside his front door. As he grew older, he found himself turning to petty crime to support himself and ended up in prison. On coming out, with a record and no trade, he soon found himself on the streets, surviving day-by-day, living hand-to-mouth. It wasn't until he met George, a tearaway Staffy puppy, that his life changed for the better. To begin with, George was a handful: he had been abused himself and was scared of human contact. But in a matter of weeks. John and George had become inseparable. It was then that John decided to pick up his long-forgotten gift for drawing, sitting on Shoreditch High Street for hours at a time, sketching pictures of George which he would sell to passers-by. With his best friend by his side, and a pencil in his hand, John suddenly found his life's calling. Last autumn, John put on his first gallery show just across the road from where he had sat and sketched for three years. It sold out. Now, John and George are no longer homeless and live just around the corner from where they first met on the streets.

People with Real Lives Don't Need Landscapes

People with Real Lives Don't Need Landscapes

Author: John Dolan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2003

John Dolan is a sophisticated, inventive, savvy poet who writes with confidence. An American now living in Moscow, his work has energy, imagination, humour, and lively speech rhythms and shows considerable range. Find the Leopard in This Picture is a big bouncy collection, displaying a voice quite unlike any other in New Zealand at the moment and one which has fruitful connections elsewhere. It draws on both popular and high culture and is, as he says, more everything than usual: more light, more weighty, more topical, more intellectual, more gory and sad, more wild and tender - all at once . Find the Leopard in This Picture is the kind of collection which makes other poets sit up and think and which startles and intrigues audiences.

Stuck Up

Stuck Up

Author: John Dolan Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/1995

This is the record of one summer in the life of a failure--a resentful, defiant, absurd figure sulking in Canada's North Woods. The poems in this collection chronicle his writhings--comic, violent, pathetic, and malevolent by turns. The result is raw, gross, pitiful--and funny.

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