When I opened Fergus Byrne's biography of Felix Dennis (More Lives Than One, Ebury, 2015), I knew precious little of his subject save for the Oz trial. Dennis was one of three defendants put on trial for obscenity for publishing an edition of Oz Magazine that included the infamous cartoon of Rupert the Bear with a giant phallus.
Felix Dennis has today lost his battle with Cancer. In tribute to an inspirational poet and a true lover of nature, I share my last interview with a man who through tireless planting of trees, has made this world a better place for us all.
Publisher Felix Dennis has died aged 67 after losing his battle against cancer. The businessman first found fame as one of
You Don't Need to Live in a Garage to Write Great Poetry. Q&A with publishing magnet, poet and tree lover Felix Dennis
Dennis himself is the ultimate dispeller of this baseless myth; he was already one of Britain's richest men when his acclaimed, eloquently observant first book of poems A Glass Half Full was published. This surprisingly successful collection marked the start of an illustrious writing career that like Dennis, left fans wishing he turned to poetry in his twenties instead of his fifties.
What is the most successful magazine in the world? Is it Hearst's feisty Cosmopolitan, published monthly in 58 countries and 34 languages? Or Conde Nast's 120-year-old Vogue, the ultimate fashion statement in 19 countries? Or Time magazine, the first name in international news weeklies since 1923?