The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) supporter Julie Walker, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 44 almost seven years ago. She stared a fantastic blog in 2017 called Parkinality to spread awareness and understanding of living with early onset Parkinson’s. This led to Julie writing a fortnightly column in her local newspaper and more recently publishing her first book called 'The Parkinality Poetry Book - Did you ask if you could write a poem about my Aunt? - and other poems'. A small number of the poems are about Parkinson’s, with many subtly hinting around the theme. The book also includes website links at the back encouraging readers to find out more about the condition. Julie said:

“My book is really aimed at people without Parkinson’s, to hopefully raise understanding and awareness of the condition. Hopefully this and my newspaper column will make people think about the effect Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions have on people’s lives and those around them.”

In August Julie held a launch event for her book at the 'Twisted Cellar' in Bishop’s Stortford. The event included a reading from Julie and a brilliant charity raffle which local businesses generously donated prizes for. The sale of tickets from the raffle were kindly donated to both CPT & Parkinson’s UK.

To find out more about the The Parkinality Poetry Book or to purchase a copy please visit the Troubador website. Julie will kindly be donating 30% of any royalties from the sale of her book to our research into a cure for Parkinson’s. You can also follow the Parkinality Poet Facebook page to keep up to date with Julie’s work and events.

Thank you Julie - we are incredibly grateful for your continued support.