My overiding memory
of dear Gerson will be
of a very gentle giant with gargantuan strength and energy.
He was a man of enormous generosity of spirit whose incisiveness
was razor sharp both in vocal and written word!
Even in his
last days and hours he continued to be uncomplaining
and supportive even when in obvious pain. Gerson
just loved people and being with people. The continuing
stream of visitors to his bedside was testament to a giant
heart that daily confirmed the love he had for his friends
and those for him.
I will treasure the remarkable creative opportunity that I
have had to both be part of the staging and performance of Gersons
extraordinary play "14 Emotions" which will remain a landmark
in my personal life and memory.
Bless Gerson Nason.
Gerson had a big heart as well as a commanding
voice and had offered his personal support in my (legal) battle
to gain better access to my children, for which I remain grateful
Gerson, you have truly touched my life in a
long-lasting way. Thank you for your creative brilliance and
for sharing your too short life with us all. You live
on in our hearts and minds. God ble-ss you.
Equality and Diversity
London Borough of Islington
came to several of the Gay Men's Creative Writing Workshops
that I run, and was always an enthusiastic and brave storyteller.
He was never afraid to tell the truth and, I think, even revelled
in exposing in his work the darker side of his own childhood
and the complexities of being a gay man in this world. He always
did it with love and compassion and a very dry sense of humour
that was uniquely his
I feel lucky to have
worked with him, and honoured
to have published a short story of his in Chroma . The next
issue of Chroma, a queer literary journal, will be dedicated
to Gerson. Please join us at the launch in April (exact date
still to be confirmed, so please check our website for
A Queer Literary Journal
It seems strange to me, that despite the fact
that I knew Gerson only for three years, it feels as if it were
an entire lifetime. Our friendship was deep and incredibly intense.
Pain, joy, sadness, creative fire, fear that it might be short
were forming it's fabric. Gerson knew very well that he had a
limited time on this planet, and therefore even tiny little moments
were precious and full of meaning.
Rare kindness and strength
of his was irresistibly attractive to people, people of different
walks of life, professions, cultural backgrounds. Attractive
sometimes even to those who were not able to understand him.
But they felt the warmth, never ending, welcoming summer of
his heart. This became totally clear to me when we worked together
on his play: people were happy when he was near. They knew
well that he loved them. But very few truly understood Gerson
both as a person and as a writer.
still think that he is not appreciated enough and his time will
come. A striking original structure of his stories and plays
is still a bit too new and sometimes perhaps even shocking for
the modern audience. Gerson most certainly is a kind writer,
but not a comfortable one. He speaks of truth too often, in a
direct and open manner. He shows the cruelty of modern world
and people's inability to relate to each other in a terribly
convincing way. We, as an audience are not ready for that.
14 emotions are still locked in 14 cages. Perhaps we need
Gerson's unique artistic vision to set them free.