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Artist Bio

Dee Sunshine was born in 1962, in Glasgow, Scotland. He started writing poetry in his teens and was inspired to take his writing seriously after he won the Lochaber High School poetry competition in 1979. He was active in the London poetry scene in the early 80’s and published a couple of chapbooks. He produced an alternative arts/ poetry zine, Dada Dance from 1984 to 1990.

In 1986, he commenced studies at Edinburgh College Of Art, specialising in Sculpture, which he studied to post-graduate level. Whilst at art school he won an Andrew Grant travelling scholarship to India; a John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy; and participated in an exchange programme, studying for three months at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Le Havre, France.

After graduating, he worked in community arts, arts development, film & television, and as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He did his fair share of less glamorous jobs too, including a six-month stint in a fish factory. He’s also put in a great many unpaid hours as editor of Acid Angel and The AA Independent Press Guide.

He retired prematurely from a glittering career in the Scottish film industry, after suffering a brain haemorrhage in September 2001 and was in hospital when the World Trade Centre was “attacked by terrorists”. Ten days later his daughter, Rosie Sunshine, was born.

He has published two books of poetry, The Bad Seed (1998) and Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels (2004), and a novel, Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God (2004). He also edited the charity poetry anthology The Book Of Hopes And Dreams (2006). His poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of print and internet magazines worldwide, as has his art. His music is available extensively over the web and he’s on MySpace and here for his more relaxed, ambient music.

Dee’s third collection of poetry, Visions Of The Drowning Man (2009) has been released as an e-book, which can be downloaded for free from Obooko.com, as can his most recent publication, Red Dreams And Razorblades: Collected Poems 1980-2005 (2009).

Since 2006 Dee has been leading a nomadic, dividing his time between Scotland, Spain and India.

When not writing, making art, making music or editing websites he has been pursuing his ambition to become a polyglot; attempting to improve his French and Spanish, as well as trying to fathom the mystery of Hindi.

Dee Sunshine’s Website

Dee Sunshine on Exquisite Corpse