Unique new book of American and English poetry is published worldwide

A unique new book of poetry and photography from 10 different locations across North America and England is published this week as a paperback.

Western Skies includes the work of contributors from places as diverse as Oklahoma, Utah, Norfolk and Merseyside.

Among the writers are a harbour master from Miami, the CEO of a vegan organics business in California, an ICU nurse from Saskatchewan, a jazz guitarist from Oregon and a teaching assistant from Cumbria.

The stunning front cover image, and many photographs inside the book were taken by a student teacher from Shropshire, England.

The whole project has been edited and published by award winning editor Nic Outterside.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic set up his own independent UK publishing house Time is an Ocean in 2015. Western Skies is his 14th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “This book has been a dream from start to finish.

“The 5,500 mile geographical distance between the 10 contributors has never been a problem as we have communicated almost daily via the wonders of modern technology and social media.

“Everyone involved has already had their work previously published in some form. Now here the sheer diversity and quality of their new submissions shines through on every page.

“The closeness and mutual respect means we have become almost like a family.

“Western Skies is truly wonderful and sets a new benchmark for any book which now follows,” he added.

Western Skies is published worldwide as a large format paperback book on Monday 19th October.

A Kindle e-book version will be available later this month.

Western Skies is available as a (6”x9”) paperback

Priced at £8.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Priced US$11.61 from Amazon.com

Priced CA$15.35 from Amazon.ca

New book tells of a veteran journalist’s 100 encounters with celeb’s and the famous

A stunning new book by a retired print journalist lifts the lid on half a century of close encounters with so-called celebrities.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories by multi award winning journalist Nic Outterside details his 50 year journey through life, meeting the famous and infamous, celebs and non celebs, lovable and poisonous, beautiful and ugly.

All the while peppered with unexpected communication breakdowns, weird reactions and audacious name-dropping along the way.

From England cricketer Tony Greig coyly asking for a packet of condoms to American TV actor Kirstie Alley struggling to pronounce the name of a Scottish island, the world of celebrity is fully exposed in all its mundane and sometimes hilarious glory.

Among other notable encounters are: the day Nic poured a large glass of whisky down former Prime Minister Edward Heath’s Savile Row suit, his “bite my tongue” interview with fellow PM Tony Blair, meeting musical hero Lou Reed in a London hotel lift, a fireside chat with his Olympic hero Steve Ovett and sharing sleeping arrangements with David Bowie’s former cohort Dana Gillespie.

The title of the book comes from Nic attending the wedding of a famous sporting star and mishearing another journalist’s description of the groom.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013.

During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is his 13th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me earlier this year while piecing together material for my previous publication Contacts, which was a collection of 18 investigations I undertook as an investigative reporter.

“It was a true labour of love, but also bloody hard work and at times the tome is quite heavy on detail.

“Then while proofing the manuscript I realised how privileged I was to also enjoy so many light-hearted moments meeting and interviewing famous people during my life.

“In some ways The Man’s a Tart is a companion piece to Contacts, but it also a stand-alone romp through the funny and ridiculous,” he added.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £8.99 from Amazon.

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KH2JJL7/

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £4.99.

www.amazon.co.uk/Mans-Tart-Nic-Outterside-ebook/dp/B08K9CL5RD/

Prices of award-winning writer’s first three poetry books slashed in lockdown sale

Award-winning UK writer Nic Outterside has reduced the prices of his first three poetry books by and average of 22% as part of a global lockdown sale.

Multi award-winning author, editor and poet Nic Outterside quit a star-studded 28 year career in journalism following a nervous breakdown in June 2013.

He began the slow road to recovery under the watchful eyes of his doctor and the support of his family. Part of the suggested therapy was for him to begin writing and talking about his life experiences.

His first paperback book The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light, published in November 2014, was met with international acclaim and the first 1,000 print edition sold out.

In 2018, he published its sequel Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft, which also received rave reviews.

Then earlier this year, at the helm of his own publishing house Time is an Ocean, Nic wrote and published: Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room.

“The trilogy reflects the real me that emerged over seven years from that breakdown in 2013 and some 27 years since my first early attempts at poetry in 1993,” he says.

These books are a litany of love, loss, angst and observation fermented with ideas that swam around my head over all those years.

Now all three books are available at new sale prices, giving buyers an average saving of 22%.

The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is available as a large format paperback from Ebay at a reduced price of £1.50 ($1.98) (formerly £3.99)

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Hill-Songs-and-Poems-of-Darkness-and-Light-Nic-Outterside-Paperback/223163293082

Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft is available as a large format paperback from Amazon at a reduced price of £6.99 ($8.91) (formerly £7.99)

www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Hill-Songs-Poems-Theft-ebook/dp/B07CXYJTV4/

www.amazon.com/Another-Hill-Songs-Poems-Theft/dp/1796807575/

Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room is available as a large format paperback from Amazon at a reduced price of £6.99 ($8.91) (formerly £7.99)

www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

www.amazon.com/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

ALL books are also available as Kindle e-books direct from all Amazon outlets.

New book of Establishment conspiracies and cover-ups published worldwide…

Includes:

Radioactive contamination in Wales and Scotland

The Masonic link behind the Dunblane Massacre

The 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease cover-up

The death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

Depleted Uranium tank shells and cancer

Deadly weapons dumped in the Irish Sea

The VIP paedophile cover-up

Thatcher’s plan to nuke Cordoba

The Skripal and Litvinenko conspiracies

A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations into Establishment conspiracies, cover-ups and corruption.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism. That same year, 53 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, praising his enquiries into a link between the firing of Depleted Uranium (DU) artillery shells and Gulf War Syndrome and cancer.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Now Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations, including a likely masonic conspiracy behind the Dunblane Massacre of 1996 and the deselection of a Conservative parliamentary candidate; life threatening leaks of radiation at nuclear facilities in North Wales and Scotland; the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, the dumping of deadly war-time munitions in the Irish Sea; the truth behind the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the aforementioned Depleted Uranium investigation.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“Each of the chapters is a separate story, starting in 1990 with my exposure of deadly radioactive contamination of workers at Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in North Wales and ending with a post retirement piece investigating the poisonings of former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. Labour of love is an over-used cliché, but after spending most of my life as an investigative journalist, this really is the culmination.”

Contacts is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

Contacts is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £3.99.

New book of Establishment conspiracies and cover-ups now published worldwide

A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations into Establishment conspiracies, cover-ups and corruption.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism. That same year, 53 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, praising his enquiries into a link between the firing of Depleted Uranium (DU) artillery shells and Gulf War Syndrome and cancer.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Now Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations, including a likely masonic conspiracy behind the Dunblane Massacre of 1996 and the deselection of a Conservative parliamentary candidate; life threatening leaks of radiation at nuclear facilities in North Wales and Scotland; the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, the dumping of deadly war-time munitions in the Irish Sea; the truth behind the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the aforementioned Depleted Uranium investigation.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“Each of the chapters is a separate story, starting in 1990 with my exposure of deadly radioactive contamination of workers at Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in North Wales and ending with a post retirement piece investigating the poisonings of former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. Labour of love is an over-used cliché, but after spending most of my life as an investigative journalist, this really is the culmination.”

Contacts is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

Contacts is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £3.99.

Shropshire student sees her holiday photograph chosen for new book cover

A Whitchurch teenager, currently training to be a teacher, is over the moon after one of her holiday photographs was chosen to be the cover of a new blockbuster paperback.

Chlöe Edwards, 19, who is studying for a BA in Education at the University of Chester’s Riverside campus has developed a hobby in photography. And her candid pictures caught the eyes of Wolverhampton based editor and publisher Nic Outterside.

Now her photo of an old rural red telephone box, taken while she was on holiday in Devon, forms the stunning cover for Nic’s latest book Contacts.

After 28 years in newspaper and magazine journalism, Nic, formerly of Whitchurch himself, took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards and had an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons praising his work.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations in series of eye-opening stories from radiation contamination to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. It is titled Contacts because every good journalist relies on his or her contacts to break front page stories.

“But I needed a strong picture for the cover… then I discovered Chlöe’s work on Instagram and saw the red phone box photo and immediately thought Wow… that’s the picture.”

Chlöe is a former school friend of Nic’s son Nathan while both were students at Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch, which makes the book tie unique.

Chlöe said: “This whole experience has been amazing from start to finish. I couldn’t believe that a quick edited snap could go so far. It has been a real confidence boost and has shown me what an amazing tool social media is too.

One of Chlöe’s other photographs has already been selected for the cover of another of Nic’s books Western Skies, scheduled for publication next spring.

Contacts is available as a large format (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

A Kindle e-book edition will be published later this summer.

Award-winning UK investigative journalist publishes book of his major investigations

A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations.

After 28 years in newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013, following a nervous breakdown. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism. That same year, 53 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, praising his enquiries into a link between the firing of Depleted Uranium (DU) artillery shells and Gulf War Syndrome and cancer.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Now Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations, including a likely masonic conspiracy behind the Dunblane Massacre of 1996 and the deselection of a Conservative parliamentary candidate; life threatening leaks of radiation at nuclear facilities in North Wales and Scotland; the dumping of deadly war-time munitions in the Irish Sea; the truth behind the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the aforementioned Depleted Uranium investigation.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“Each of the chapters is a separate story, starting in 1990 with my exposure of deadly radioactive contamination of workers at Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in North Wales and ending with a post retirement piece investigating the poisonings of former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. Labour of love is an over-used cliché, but after spending most of my life as an investigative journalist, this really is the culmination.”

Contacts is available as a large format (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

A Kindle e-book edition will be published later this summer.

New poetry book written in the French Alps during the Covid 19 lockdown

A sensational debut book of poetry is published worldwide this week despite its writer and editor being in a pandemic lockdown in two different countries.

Poets Don’t Lie by first-time author Lucile Boudot was entirely penned in her home town St Cergues and university room in Grenoble – both perched high in the French Alps.

And it has been published by award winning editor Nic Outterside in Wolverhampton in the English West Midlands.

A remarkable achievement when you consider that both parties were in lockdown during the Covid 19 global pandemic and have never spoken with each other!

This transcendent work forms part of a personal journey out of darkness and into light, where love and theft are in constant conflict.

Within Poets Don’t Lie readers will find the thoughts and poetic musings of a young French woman trying to make sense of the world she inhabits, with mountains and spring snow as her backdrop.

But this young woman is exactly like anyone else. She has the same fears, the same loves, the same faults, the same frailties, the same hopes, the same passions and the same emotions; and these all come tumbling out in her unique poetry.

Lucile is an 18-year-old BA undergraduate in English Literature at Grenoble University, who like many other students around the world, found her studies interrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic.

She is an avid reader and writer in English and a campaigner on mental health issues. She also writes a widely read poetry page called anonymously_yours_xx on the internet social media platform Instagram and has over 1,000 followers.

“Life is full of things we don’t know how to talk about. We try to find the right words, but they never fit, or we feel like they don’t fit,” she says.

“Human beings can’t live without words because we live in a society where we are obligated to talk. I never find the right words or I feel like I don’t find the right words.

“But when I write poetry I always find the perfect words… and in this book you’ll find the words that define me.”

Nic, who owns the UK publishing house Time is an Ocean says: “Working with Lucile has been an utter pleasure. Her writing is so deeply filled with emotion and her use of English is stunning.

“I am very proud of this book, and of her. It is amazing what can be achieved by email, WhatsApp and Instagram,” he added.

“The added bonus is I now consider Lucile as a very close friend.”

Poets Don’t Lie is available in paperback priced at £7.99 (9.47euros) from most Amazon portals

www.amazon.co.uk/Poets-Dont-Lie-Lucile-Boudot/dp/B086MN6MPC/

www.amazon.fr/Poets-Dont-Lie-Lucile-Boudot/dp/B086MN6MPC/

A Kindle e-book edition ofPoets Don’t Lie is also available for £2.99 (3.41euros)  from all Amazon portals

www.amazon.co.uk/Poets-Dont-Lie-Lucile-Boudot-ebook/dp/B086RMGRBP/

www.amazon.fr/Poets-Dont-English-Lucile-Boudot-ebook/dp/B086RMGRBP/

Award winning writer’s tenth release now available in Kindle e-book edition

BLOG Metal New Front

SEVEN years after suffering a career ending nervous breakdown, an award-winning journalist-turned-author has now published his tenth paperback as a Kindle e-book.

The book Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room draws its genesis and inspiration from his years in the newspaper and magazine industry.

Multi award-winning writer Nic Outterside quit his 28 year career in journalism following the breakdown in June 2013.

He began the slow road to recovery under the watchful eyes of his doctor and the support of his family. Part of the suggested therapy was for him to begin writing and talking about his life experiences.

His first paperback book The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light, published in November 2014, was met with international acclaim and the first 1,000 print edition has almost sold out.

In 2018, he published its sequel Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft.

In between time he also found time to write and publish a slim volume of poems in homage to the songs of his favourite album Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan.

Then at the helm of his own publishing house Time is an Ocean, Nic started editing other people’s books, including a magnum opus Asian Voices and a widely acclaimed Luminance – Words for a World Gone Wrong.

He also wrote and published two Amazon best sellers: Death in Grimsby and Bones.

Now, while completing a huge book of investigative journalism tales (to be published later this spring), Nic has returned to poetry with his new book: Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room.

He explains its genesis: “In 1993, during my early years in newspaper journalism we would take time out every Thursday afternoon after that week’s paper hit the presses.

“I was chief reporter of an editorial team responsible for putting together the news, sport and features for one of Scotland’s most highly regarded county newspapers: The Galloway Gazette.

“This was our two hour sojourn before we began planning the following week’s edition. It was a time to escape from “Cow Halts Traffic on A75”, “Young Mum Guilty of Shoplifting at Woolworths” and similar stories to find solace and creativity in my self-centred pastime of poetry.

“So I would sit, with a mug of coffee in my hand and scribble some ideas, a few lines, and if I was particularly creative maybe a whole poem. The poems would never be read by anyone else… it was my secret hobby.

“Then by the end of last year, I suddenly realised I had more than enough poems to fill yet another book!

“They reflect the real me that has emerged seven years on from that breakdown and 27 years since those first doodles on a Thursday afternoon at the Galloway Gazette.

The book is a litany of love, loss and angst fermented with the ideas that swam around my head all those years ago.”

Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room was released as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($10.42) on 20 January.

www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

www.amazon.com/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

Now nine days later it is also available as a Kindle e-book priced just £2.99 ($3.90) (279IR)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room-ebook/dp/B0848R591F/

https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room-ebook/dp/B0848R591F/

https://www.amazon.in/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room-ebook/dp/B0848R591F/

Notes:

  1. Nic Outterside is an award-winning editor, journalist and author. Among more than a dozen awards to his name are North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year and a special national award for investigative journalism. He was twice editor of Weekly Newspaper of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in written journalism.
  2. During his career, Nic was editor of The Argyllshire Advertiser, The Buchan Observer, The Galloway Gazette and the Denbighshire Free Press.

Award winning writer publishes tenth book since nervous breakdown

BLOG Metal New Front

SEVEN years after suffering a career ending nervous breakdown, an award-winning journalist-turned-author has published his tenth paperback book.

And the book Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room draws its genesis and inspiration from his years in the newspaper and magazine industry.

Multi award-winning writer Nic Outterside quit his 28 year career in journalism following the breakdown in June 2013.

He began the slow road to recovery under the watchful eyes of his doctor and the support of his family. Part of the suggested therapy was for him to begin writing and talking about his life experiences.

His first paperback book The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light, published in November 2014, was met with international acclaim and the first 1,000 print edition has almost sold out.

In 2018, he published its sequel Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft.

In between time he also found time to write and publish a slim volume of poems in homage to the songs of his favourite album Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan.

Then at the helm of his own publishing house Time is an Ocean, Nic started editing other people’s books, including a magnum opus Asian Voices and a widely acclaimed Luminance – Words for a World Gone Wrong.

He also wrote and published two Amazon best sellers: Death in Grimsby and Bones.

Now, while completing a huge book of investigative journalism tales (to be published later this spring), Nic has returned to poetry with his new book: Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room.

He explains its genesis: “In 1993, during my early years in newspaper journalism we would take time out every Thursday afternoon after that week’s paper hit the presses.

“I was chief reporter of an editorial team responsible for putting together the news, sport and features for one of Scotland’s most highly regarded county newspapers: The Galloway Gazette.

“This was our two hour sojourn before we began planning the following week’s edition. It was a time to escape from “Cow Halts Traffic on A75”, “Young Mum Guilty of Shoplifting at Woolworths” and similar stories to find solace and creativity in my self-centred pastime of poetry.

“So I would sit, with a mug of coffee in my hand and scribble some ideas, a few lines, and if I was particularly creative maybe a whole poem. The poems would never be read by anyone else… it was my secret hobby.

“Then by the end of last year, I suddenly realised I had more than enough poems to fill yet another book!

“They reflect the real me that has emerged seven years on from that breakdown and 27 years since those first doodles on a Thursday afternoon at the Galloway Gazette.

The book is a litany of love, loss and angst fermented with the ideas that swam around my head all those years ago.”

Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room is available as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($10.42)

www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

www.amazon.com/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/