Jay Ramsay (1958-2018) knew his calling to poetry when he read Shelley aged 16 after his expulsion from public school. He later attended Oxford University, managing to unlearn what he needed to, and co-founded Angels of Fire (in London) in 1983 with its festivals of New Poetry inclusive of the poetic community. Always interested in psychology, he trained in Psychosynthesis from his mid-20’s, and then his early 40’s, recognizing what he called the vocation of ‘the artist-healer’.
Over a highly productive life, Jay Ramsay wrote many books: also of non-fiction (which explore his deep interest in alchemy), and Classic Chinese translation with his friend Martin Palmer: their 1995 I Ching was also radical. His therapeutic focus lay in assisting people to be more authentic, bridging mind and heart, something he saw as analagous to his craft. In latter years he lived in Stroud, Gloucestershire; and as well as performing his work, also ran poetry and personal development workshops worldwide.