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Smiling sun Malcolm writes to raise MS profile

Malcolm Birkenshaw (aka Martin Mytholmroyd) has lived with MS for most of his life.

Back in 1954 Malcolm experienced severe MS attacks. But by 1975, he was sprinting, playing league cricket and tennis, climbing Snowden and building his house. Since then he has cycled to London to raise funds for research and brought up his two children on his own.

For many years now Malcolm has been a member of York Writers. He was also a comedy scriptwriter in the 60s, writing for stage productions and broadcasting.

Malcolm Birkenshaw

Malcolm is the author of the prize-winning book 'Dangerously Healthy', a remarkable autobiographical novel and humorous account of Malcolm's life with MS.

Update: 24 April 2006: Our dear friend Malcolm passed away this week. Malcolm was a very much loved member of Jooly's Joint for many years and a wonderful, giving, supportive friend to people with MS of all ages. People like Malcolm are rare in this world and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him or corresponding via email knows that Malcolm brought a lot of joy, not only through his excellent and uplifting writing but quite simply through his friendship, a gift he gave to so many other people with MS. It was a huge honour to know you, Malcolm. Much love and best wishes to Malcolm's friends and family.

Dangerously Healthy

Malcolm's other works include the extremely funny novel 'Don't you dearest me'.


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