20 Things I Wish I Knew at 20

Ever wished you could go back and talk to your 20-year-old self about the things he or she might want to get to comprehend and appreciate while they still can. How those things might make their life a bit easier in the oncoming years?
Roy Merchant

Hi, my name is Roy Merchant, and as well as being a founding member of TARACC, I am a writer, poet and storyteller. I am in the process of getting my second book self-published, and it should be out in June. The book is about life, how one person, live it love it and manage it. Its title is: “20 Things I Wish I Knew20"

In this my second book, I reflect on the 20 things I would have liked to have spoken to my younger self about, to help him understand who he is, how to find peace and contentment and what he thinks love is.

From exploring how uncertainty can slip into the certainties, you have about things; we go on a journey into the heart of people and their inhumanity to other humans and our feared mortality.

In a beautiful story, I take us on the journey of getting old without realising it. In an exquisite prayer, he asks that we pray for a better life on Gaia.

It is a beautifully crafted and well-researched piece of work that does not preach but gives you an insight into alternative options on how life could be.

I was born in Jamaica, leaving there in 1961 to join my parents in England. I enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1965 and became a submariner, spending most of my submarine years in Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of the Far East.

Leaving the Navy in 1970, I retrained as an Electronics Engineer, then Technical Manager in a large television rental company in the 1970s. In the mid-’80s, I moved into local government as a senior manager in a London local authority. Retiring in 2014, I took a new path and started a Health and Wellbeing company catering mainly for the African Caribbean community while dedicating more time to writing and performance poetry across London.

This book is my second. The first is entitled "Walking In The Shadows Of Death".