Mad, Glad and Dangerous to Know

  • Jo McFarlane Jo is a Community Education graduate and ‘mad poet’ who tries to change the world a little by showing that it is possible to be ‘strong at the broken places’. Here, she writes about the people and things that have inspired her work as a poet


When I was invited to write an article for Concept on my inspirations I thought “Wow! I’ve finally arrived!” and I had a fantasy of impressing you with a list of iconic influences to show what a politically aware, socially conscious beast I am. Originality and modesty have never been my strong points! Grandiosity and mediocrity – the twin afflictions of my bipolar illness – are closer to the mark. Perhaps that’s why the people who have always impressed me most are the unsung heroes supporting the revolution from behind and being remarkable not through ideology but by quiet example.

How to Cite
McFarlane, J. (2013) “Mad, Glad and Dangerous to Know”, Concept, 4(2), p. 4. Available at: (Accessed: 25November2020).