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103 comments:

  1. 9/12/09
    Just read your story on the Express Website & thought I would drop you a line.
    Sorry to hear that things weren't that great for a while, but glad to hear that things are now much better. In my role at the RFDS, I have seen our ranks of counsellors & psychologists increase from none to around a dozen over the last 5 ears, as recognition of the many mental issues people face in the outback areas increases.
    I have read the couple of poems on the website, never been one for poetry, but as yours seem to be more story related , I must say I did enjoy them, well done.

    Greg Sauer

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  2. 9/12/09
    IT ARRIVED! IT ARRIVED! Autographed and everything - can't wait to finish work so I can read it! Thanks Peter

    Deb Cox

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  3. 9/12/09
    Peter, you're a nut. I've just been listening to you on the ABC and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. You did a brilliant job and I can't wait to get a copy of your book. Loved the poetry. God bless and I think you did a wonderful job and I wish you all the best with your new book.

    Pam O'Hara

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  4. I'm so with the result for you; having read it now, i can see why it is taking off; it is a terrific work. You have a fantastic turn of phrase and capture moments in minutiae beautifully... as well as the bigger picture.
    Lines I particularly (but not limited to) enjoyed are:
    "a cowards suicide..."
    "i wonder if ten seconds was worth doing." in fact everything about "wondering at woolworths" was wonderful.
    His favourite chair chocked me.
    "...we are never better dressed"
    ...and:
    the dedication to God. Even as an atheist (reformed catholic) I liked the words you chose and the way you phrased them - great stuff.
    To me this book is instant 'Australiana' and having a signed first edition of a future classic would be an honour.
    Congrats on a fine book.

    Stoph Verismo

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  5. 13/12/09
    It's all go with your book isn't it? We heard you as we were travelling back from Narrabri today on the wireless with Kelly Fuller on the ABC and when we got home, there you were in the Gunnedah paper as well!
    Well done on the book.

    Robyn Capp

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  6. 15/12/09
    Sad poems should make you cry. Happy poems should make you laugh. Poems of love should move you. Peter's gift to me was that he made me achieve all three. Thank you for taking the time to share your inner thoughts and passions.

    Julie Kirk

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  7. 18/12/09
    I'm gobsmacked!

    Art Langston

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  8. Graham PattersonMay 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    22/12/09
    Just had to say how much I have enjoyed your poems. They're personal, insightful, different, often witty but above all they ring true and took me right into the situations, many of which I was familiar with. Congratulations.

    Graham Patterson

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  9. Col SherringhamMay 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    18/2/10
    It was a good night - a broad range of local poets and the big star of the show - the man from the bush reading some of his work from his latest book.
    It was great to catch up after 35 odd years - for those that could not make it buy the book.

    Col Sherringham

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  10. Barry RichardsonMay 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    13/3/10
    I thought you radio interview impressive but you Newcastle presentation awesomely masterley.

    Barry Richardson

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  11. 17/3/11
    Hey Peter.
    Been gettin' into your poetry book. Really dig your love stuff :) Very beautiful.
    Poetry of depression carves so deep. You put it so well.
    I savour the moments of reflection in your poetry.
    Thankyou.

    Jenny Biddle

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  12. 24/1/12
    I was up at Armidale yesterday and saw your poem responding to Brett Whiteley's Self portrait. It was very insightful.

    Emma C, Art Gallery of NSW

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  13. 23/5/12
    “What a 'breath of fresh air' in the poetry world Peter Langston is!!!! I have read his first book six times now cover to cover and I have just ordered his second book today. I can't wait for it to arrive and sit back with a cuppa in my have armchair and be entertained and moved to tears all over again.

    Rose Gibbens, Network Referral Group

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  14. Can't wait to read this book! I love a good book.... And this one sounds intriguing.... About one of my favorite topics! (from ABC NENW Facebook page)

    Rhonda Wilson

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  15. Wonderful interview and readings....was driving from Nundle..picked it up at Dungowan...great drive to town. (from ABC NENW Facebook page)

    Helen Schofield

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  16. Well done Peter, you got style!

    Gordon Row (from ABC NENW Facebook page)

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  17. Unknown lady in the streetMay 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Thank you so much for your poem about death. I've lost my parents, two sisters and a husband and been then for most of them. I was driving in the car and was very moved.

    Unknown

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  18. Jacqueline FrazerMay 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Thanks again for your thoughtful reading this morning Peter. I just sat down and read your book in one sitting. Though that's hardly an apt description, as your poetry whisked me around to many places and afforded me the opportunity to meet many characters!

    Jacqueline Frazer
    Teacher,
    Tamworth Conservatorium of Music

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  19. Thanks for sharing your journey mate.

    Steve Hadfield

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  20. Pete xxxx to you......welcome back to "the mob"

    Nia Robertson
    Singer/Songwriter

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  21. You were rock n roll mate! Thanks for asking me along :)

    Sally-Anne Whitten

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  22. It was a lovely morning, Peter! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of it!

    Emelia Saban
    Journalist

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  23. It was the first time I've had live poetry on air and it left me unable to speak. The eyes welled, the breathing was gulped and I had no words to express how beautiful, intimate and devastating Peter's words were.

    Kelly Fuller
    ABC Morning Show Presenter
    ABC New England North West

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  24. Peter, loved the poetry reading/book launch today :)

    Rachel Webster

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  25. Lorraine BatterhamJune 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I was so moved when I read "Anniversary" ... our parents are always with us and we are still feeling as their little children.

    Lorraine Batterham
    former Head Teacher English,
    McCarthy Catholic College

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  26. I have just spent over an hour on your wonderful website drinking in all that is there. Listening to the radio interviews and also reading all your wonderful reviews.

    Rose Gibbens
    Trainer, Network Referral Group

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  27. It is a fantastic collection!
    Barry Everingham
    Teacher

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  28. Peter xxxx to you. Welcome back to the mob! Loving it (HFOW)....some really special words in those few little pages!
    Nia Robertson
    Singer/Songwriter

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  29. I just finished reading HFOW, wow all great stuff, simply amazing, keep the great stuff coming.
    Sue Jameson
    Office Manager

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  30. You have a new fan!!! I loved your use of words to paint a picture and every bit of poetry I have had a chance to read from your website today has just made my heart swell.
    Joan Njeru
    Network Referral Group

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  31. Just wanted to pass on to you how much we enjoyed your address to our Rotary Club last Monday.

    I have been a member for 40yrs & can’t recall having a presentation with such impact.

    Keep up the good work.

    Chris Holden
    Nepean Rotary

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  32. Aaron Tyers, Nepean Rotary ClubFebruary 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I'm sure you will all agree that our guest speaker on Monday (Peter Langston) was very different to any other presentations we have had.

    Confronting sometimes and very sad as well. The sad part being that there are many people in a similar position to Peter.

    At least Peter seems to have confronted his condition and has some control on the direction his life is taking – he is very inspirational.

    Aaron Tyers,
    President
    Nepean Rotary Club

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  33. Peter Quirk, NSW Dept of Education & CommunitiesFebruary 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Great presentation. Very well received mate.

    Was exactly the type of presentation I was seeking.

    Peter Quirk
    Youth Service Director
    Nepean Rotary

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  34. I just finished your book! I loved the fact i read it in your voice, and the emotions i felt were like a home in me, so similar and inviting. The one's on grief were beautiful, the one's about depression were so accurate i may as well start giving your poems out to all doctors and psychiatrists.... Bit what i loved the most was the dedication to your wife... How beautiful, inspiring and pure... Love.... Thank you for being such a... Sometimes brutally honest writer, as well as a love sick hippy who wants to share his love. My favourite was ' wondering at woolworths'.

    Danni Lewis
    Poet & Artist

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  35. Peter recently conducted a poetry and music gig at the Edelweiss Gallery. Peter really engaged his audience and was very professional.
    It was a delight to have worked with Peter and hope to do so again in the future.

    Linda Floyd
    Edelweiss Gallery

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  36. (On "Head Full of Whispers") I loved the pieces that mentioned art! I love the idea that the book was kept kosher and separated. I loved the poems about people and the ones about you the most. The Monet and Brett Whiteley ones were by far my favourite. That you captured the creative mind and its fragility and fluidity... Amazing!

    Danni Lewis
    Poet & Artist

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  37. Have been enjoying your book today Peter a great read some real gems in there my favourite so far Moonrise at Emu Park:-)

    Janette Hoppe
    Poet

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  38. Thank you for letting me know about Richard Fidler interviewing Peter.

    I just listened to it while having my morning cup to tea and Arnotts biscuit.

    You spoke so clearly and succinctly Peter. Thank you for your courage.

    Marion Walganski

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  39. Just finished listening to your interview. thank you for the courage you used to share those stories with everyone, it cannot have been easy. The last hour has been one of the most informative, educational and thought provoking periods I have ever had in my life.

    I cannot begin to know what you have been through with all of this but I very much hope that this interview has been very cathartic for you and will help you in the longer term. Thanks again mate for the insight into some of your life journey.

    Greg Sauer

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  40. By the way, I heard a report this afternoon, I think on the Conversations segment. A man was speaking about living with mental health issues. I just wanted to say it was incredibly moving and deeply insightful.

    If there is a way to offer feedback to the guest, I would love to do so. What a brave man, speaking out like that. People like him are actively saving other people's lives by helping tackle that stigma around mental health

    Claire Eltringham
    Editor
    Off The Leash Magazine

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  41. Great Conversations with Richard Fidler today - Peter Langston thank you for sharing your story.

    Helen Wicks
    ABC New England Facebook

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  42. Dianne Trimboli MorrisonJanuary 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    What a brave and remarkable man you are Peter. You touched my heart. May you have a blessed life.

    Dianne Trimboli Morrison
    Conversation Facebook

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  43. Peter, your story was so powerful it inspired me to remind my beautiful four year old son just how special he is, and that I will try to always make him safe, and will always listen and protect him, no matter what scary thing he needs protection from. What a brave and powerful man you are. Thank you.

    Jodie McAvoy
    Conversations Facebook

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  44. I was deeply moved by Mr Langton's story. Thank you

    Alison Smith
    Conversation Facebook

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  45. What an overwhelming conversation!

    Julie Barnes
    Conversations Facebook

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  46. What a powerful and painful conversation. Had me in tears.

    Maggie Harris
    Conversations Facebook

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  47. Thank you so much Peter for all you are doing for other people by recounting your life.

    Barbara Outhwaite
    Conversations Facebook

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  48. Thank you for sharing your experiences the pain you have suffered has been great but in sharing your story you are helping so many. Thank you again

    Janet Drummond
    Conversations Facebook

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  49. Peter, that was amazing and I admire your courage. Congratulations.

    Duncan Walker

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  50. even though we knew a lot of your story, it's very overwhelming to hear it in one hour. Your courage in sharing I'm sure will help many people face their own issues and was particularly interested in hearing how forgiveness of the perpetrator was the beginning of emotional healing relating to the attack. I thank God for both you and Sue.

    Robin Capp

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  51. Bloody hell. For once, speechless.

    Carly Rose-Smith

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  52. An excellent interview, listened to every word......... just beginning to understand the pain and suffering you have gone through.

    Dave Unwin

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  53. Incredible.. Thanks for sharing Peter!

    Gordon Row
    ABC New England Facebook

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  54. Heard your interview .

    It was harrowing and marvelous, and must be a great help to fellow sufferers.

    Brian Neville
    Poetzinc

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  55. Just read your piece on Linkedin....as good as it gets. 6 years ago I lost my best friend; my mom to suicide..I still can't mumble the word and cringe when it comes up, however have accepted her decision. As much as I loved her; it was her decision and who am I to say she made the wrong choice.

    I think (like the table of 4) most people have no clue when they speak of suicide. The typical response when I share is "oh I remember when my ____ died"...people can't grasp that our loved ones chose to leave us and that is entirely different than "passing away". I don't blame them for not knowing; we are all ignorant one way or another.

    Your openess and trust of the world to read your past is brave ad admorable. You sound like someone who has accepted the hand you were dealt; and made a concious decision not to let it get in your way. You have a talent and happy you will share it.

    Love the piece, it made me smile...which is still hard to do...

    Gary Leavitt
    Minneapolis, MN USA

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  56. Superb. Will share on my radio show page. I too am sad with tears trickling down my face as I type Peter. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Jacqui Chaplin
    Radio Broadcaster
    Castlemaine Community Radio
    www.MAINfm.net

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  57. Wow powerful stuff.Thanks for sharing Pete. Keep up the good work you do esp with Black Dog. We need people like you to educate those who don't understand or are unable to relate. I admire you for your strength & courage.

    Gary Kaiser
    Photographer

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  58. Thank you for this beautifully crafted honest & courageous sharing of your journey.

    Ingrid Ozols
    Managing Director
    Mental Health At Work

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  59. Thanks you for sharing your story and for giving mental illness a voice in the dark that encompasses those afflicted by it. I hope that your message reaches someone who is in the darkness so that they know they are not alone and that there is help. Good luck in your journey.

    Deb McVee
    IT Support
    Agricultural Finances Support Corporation

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  60. As someone who worked in suicide prevention for many years, your article is a spot on representation of the understanding I have of the research I have read. More importantly, your words reflect so many of the people I have served. Thank you for sharing your experience and pain. I wish you the peace of loving support and the courage to keep stepping forward, one day at a time.

    Karen Gallagher-Burt
    Team Leader
    United Way of Calgary

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  61. Thank you for your bravely writing your story. I hope that your honesty can offer comfort to those who have been hurt and affected by someone close to them committing suicide. I also hope that your words can to help build a bridge of help and hope those who may be contemplating suicide and not knowing how to handle their despair.

    Michelle Lopez
    Mass Market Account Manager
    Floral Sense

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  62. I have enjoyed reading both of your books. They make me think and reflect on lots of things. I think I will re-read them lots of times and still get lots out of them each time.

    Congratulations on your literary achievements!

    Laurie Murphy
    Education Specialist

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  63. What a story. Thankyou.

    Kim Middleton
    Black Dog Institute Facebook Page

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  64. Well done. I can only imagine how hard that was for you. Thank you for giving back.
    Kay Reid
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  65. Glad to know that someone who has solid experienced and who could contribute his sharing and struggling story to other people who is facing the difficulty now.
    Charles KC Lee
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  66. Congratulations on sharing your battle. It is a great thing that you and others who have had similar experiences are willing to share. It proves to those not as strong that there ARE others who are fighting similar battles. That they are not alone. Thank you.
    Maureen Rava
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  67. That's awesome, very inspirational and so helpful to many people x
    Julie Andreassen
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  68. Brave and courageous - thank you for sharing Peter
    Karen Gardner
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  69. Wow well done. You have done really well. I sometimes wonder if there are men out there who can cope with depression in women as there are a lot of women who don't make the long term in marriages . Keep up such a productive and generous life!
    Gill Jewell
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  70. Thank you for surviving to tell your story & share your help with others
    Linda Brown
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  71. Wow. An amazing man & an inspiring story.
    Cassandra Rowe
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  72. Well done! Your help and experience will be so valuable to others.
    Belinda Robertson
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  73. You sir are indeed special - thank you x
    Janelle Wagner
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  74. Thank you for your commitment to helping others survive mood disorders. Its a life long battle and your triumph is inspiring for others x
    Vicki Temnoff
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  75. Powerful... goose bumps. Thank you x
    Alexandra Duncan
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  76. You are an inspiration to all of us who suffer bi polar..sending love to you and your family...
    Lisa Kyle
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  77. Thank you for sharing and I especially like that you own it now it doesn't own you.
    Micheala Jackson
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  78. Catherine Anne BearsleyNovember 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    " As I came to wellness" Peter, that is such a helpful description - one that resonates hope. Thank you for sharing your story with us, the travelling that takes time and energy and the support you give through the BDI.
    Catherine Anne Bearsley
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  79. Cassandra KastaneasNovember 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Good on you Peter, what a brave and accomplished man you are. Good to hear your story and the hope that it inspires. All the best to you xx
    Cassandra Kastaneas
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  80. Thankyou for the share Peter! You are brave.Social stigma is still alive out there. Family members in denial still halt treatment. Hard living with family members who think you can just "snap out of it".
    Belle Jackson
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  81. Wow..!!!!!
    Karrianne Poswiat
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  82. Great advice...thanks for sharing your story. I love it how you recognise that people may not necessarily "beat" a mood disorder but instead reach a place of acceptance and stability.
    Wesley Simpkin
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  83. Sue Thethowan-JonesNovember 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    You are an inspiration.
    Sue Thethowan-Jones
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  84. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It gives us hope.
    Asta Stokell
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  85. I am very touched my your story.
    Lauren Burns
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  86. Through your own acceptance and insight you were able to give your own children guidance and hope...nice article to read.
    Shirley Stinson
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  87. Thank you Peter , sharing our stories help others know that they are not alone, that they can have hope, that learning coping skills can help as well & not to be afraid to seek help, as their is an enormous amount out there now- compared to years ago.......
    Sandra Tighe
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  88. How wonderful he was able to get the help and accepted it and now do such a great job
    Suzanne Alderton
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  89. Words are not enough to say THANK YOU
    Mary Thompson
    Black Dog Institute Facebook page

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  90. Congratulations on your fabulous new book!
    Nia Robertson
    Songwriter

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  91. Onya mate!
    Barry Everingham
    Teacher

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  92. Congrats ... you deserve all the accolades.
    Mandy Gibbens
    Political Advisor

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  93. You have really earned the recognition.
    Duncan Walker

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  94. Congratulations Peter. A big week. Well done on your publication.
    Ros Thatcher

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  95. Well done, a lot of time & effort goes into what you do.
    Judy Gibbens

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  96. Very talented man.
    Lee-anne Venroy
    Teacher

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  97. The boys and I had a delightful morning, we enjoyed hearing your words come to life and I look forward to reading more of your work.
    Sal Thethewy

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  98. He’s one of the word smiths of our region. From soulful interpretations of the landscape to sometimes painful personal insights.
    Kelly Fuller
    ABC Morning Show Presenter
    ABC New England North West

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  99. Peter, you are a beautiful poet. Honest, frank, funny... and damn it, you make us cry too! You’re emotive. I feel like you have taken words from your soul, gifting us with these beautiful moments on the page. I believe it takes a man of a certain quality to be as sensitive as he is, yet “manly” enough for other blokes to relate to.
    Anna Moulder
    ABC Breakfast Presenter
    ABC New England North West

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  100. Peter is a wordsmith of note. He writes with passion and detail- a keen life observer who has an exceptional gift for translating his observations into prose or poetry. Smart, funny, clever, thoughtful, and authentic, Peter is one of Australia's very best.
    Sally-Anne Whitten
    Singer/Songwriter

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  101. Peter has such an insightful relationship with words, from his poetry to his Facebook posts - every word may be carefully selected but his message remains heartfelt and warm. His new collection "Straightening My Tie" is another straight and true arrow in his quiver!
    Nia Robertson
    Singer/Songwriter

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  102. I love Stone Cottages ... it a poem about Ireland and the famine ... you'd think this man had been born under the Blarney Stone because it captured what it must have been like which is an amazing feat ... the thing I admire most about the book was how much he exposed himself.
    Eric Bogle
    Singer/Songwriter

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  103. We enjoyed Peter Langston's poetry reading session immensely. We found Peter to be very professional and had a great rapport with our park team and our guests. The poetry reading session requires very little organisation by the park as Peter comes equipped with everything he needs, you just need to provide a venue, and help to promote the event.
    I have no hesitation in recommending Peter to other venues/ businesses.
    Debbie Smith
    Park Manager
    North Coast Holiday Parks - Lake Ainsworth

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