Gavin Harrison:

Ashley Sievwright"Petals and Blood"

Gavin Harrison is a recipient of the Dalai Lama's Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award for "kindness and quiet dedication to others", and has created a new book, PETALS AND BLOOD: STORIES, DHARMA & POEMS OF ECSTASY, AWAKENING & ANNIHILATION.

This book chronicles his life, from growing up gay in South Africa with a childhood pervaded by sexual abuse, to multiple near-death encounters from living with HIV for over 30 years, to his embrace of Buddhism and Sufi poetry.

About Petals and Blood
Petals and Blood weaves ecstatic poetry with stories drawn from the poet’s stark, vulnerable and adventurous life. Defying apartheid, helping orphaned children in Africa, realizing Oneness with murderers in a maximum-security prison, uniting with The Infinite at the threshold of death, making peace with illness and betrayal, offering prayers to the Goddess Pele in Hawai’i and his devotion to Mother Africa. The stories and poems remind us that our Essential Nature remains unsullied and untouched by whatever may befall us, no matter how unfortunate the circumstances of our lives may be. 

Gavin Harrison is donating five dollars from the sale of every book purchased via his website  to The Woza Moya Project  and Group of Hope  in South Africa. Both organizations provide support to those affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty, an initiative that is near and dear to Harrison’s heart. 


ISBN:9780989199810 Amazon

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