Songs and Poems: the never-ending journey

TODAY I finished my 32nd song/poem towards my second book – working title: Just Another Hill.

Most of these songs and poems flow easily while others can be like extracting teeth… but they all follow an inner sense of need. A personal catharsis and journey of discovery, if you like.

Meanwhile I have now uploaded almost 90 of my songs and poems to a public Facebook page Songs and Poems of Nicolas Clare at: https://www.facebook.com/nicolasclarepoems?fref=ts

If anyone would like a song or poem written for them or for a loved one I would gladly do so for an agreeable rate.

The work can be revised and subbed until you are happy with it and either sent by email or printed on high quality paper and framed it desired.

Meanwhile my first poetry book: The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is available for order directly from my Web Store at www.writeahead.co.uk or contact me at nicoutterside@writeahead.co.uk

I accept payments by debit and credit cards or PayPal through this store. Order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (Europe: £3.70 P&P, Australia: £5.05 P&P and USA: £4.75 P&P with discounts on postage for multiple orders).

The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. I will personally sign your copy upon request, and your book will be dispatched immediately upon cleared payment.

Thank you and best wishes

Nic

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Poem: Keep on Keeping On

I’ve just reached a place where I can’t go on

My friends all tell me to just be strong

But strength is an illusion I have known too long

So far away from where I began

Now I just stay where I don’t belong

Play my guitar and sing this song

It’s the end my love

The end

Time is a window into a world gone wrong

Far away from the maddening throng

But happiness is a façade

I have worn all along

So far away from where I began

Now I just stay where I don’t belong

Play my guitar and sing this song

It’s the end my love

The end

Hope is the marathon we try to prolong

All the way from Memphis to far Guangdong

But music soothes the pain

I have carried too long

So far away from where I began

Now I just stay where I don’t belong

Play my guitar and sing this song

It’s the end my love

The end

The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light – 2015 update

Family problems, Christmas and the never ending house move means I have been slack on promoting my book for the past three months.

And even slacker on keeping my blog revolving.

So aim to put that right now!

I am also going to use this opportunity to preview some of the songs and poems already written for the next book: Just Another Hill, slated for publication later this year.

I have had some amazing and unexpected publicity for my book since its launch at the beginning of November last year.

This online at Hold the Front Page:

http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2014/news/ex-editors-past-inspires-first-poetry-book/

Plus four regional / local newspapers including a stunning piece in the Shropshire Star.

Radio BBC Bristol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2N2X7t7awo

Plus featuring in the Popular Video playlist:

http://datab.us/o2N2X7t7awo#Writing poetry: former newspaper editor Nic Outterside overcomes the legacy of child sexual abuse

And on Russia Today TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU_4qJHIasc&list=UUbGif2gxFLxGDxG9CeA_fvg

I now have a Web Store at www.writeahead.co.uk where you can buy my first book The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light directly. I accept payments by debit and credit cards and PayPal through this store. The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. Order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (Europe: £3.70 P&P, Australia: £5.05 P&P and USA: £4.75 P&P with discounts on postage for multiple orders). I will personally sign your copy upon request. Your book will be despatched immediately upon cleared payment.

Thank you.

The Climb

Life is a journey we walk alone

A steady path

With no road home

Time is a war against the unknown

Fears reside

Within every bone

Strangers come and lovers go

Leaving scars

And wounds below

Age descends as years pass by

Feet on the ground

And eyes to the sky

Mistakes count too many

Yet joys are too few

We hold on tight and enjoy the view

The stumble you see is in your eyes

To me it is a pace

As I meet the rise

The stone in my shoe has been there a while

It eases the pain

When I climb the next stile

So join me now on this lonely climb

The hill that awaits

Is yours and mine.

A selected poem from my new book The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light.

Now you can order the book directly through my Web Store at www.writeahead.co.uk . I accept payments by debit and credit cards and Paypal through this store. The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. Order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (Europe: £3.70 P&P, Australia: £5.05 P&P and USA: £4.75 P&P with discounts on postage for multiple orders). I will personally sign your copy upon request. To order, either send a cheque for the full amount payable to writeahead, with your name and postal address to: writeahead, Plympton Cottage, Tarporley Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1LW or go to the new Web Store to order and pay.

Your book will be despatched immediately upon cleared payment.

The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light

WP Hill

FROM childhood sexual abuse, through cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, loss of two of my children, a nervous breakdown, recovery and meeting the most wonderful woman in the world, my life has come full circle. So The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is now complete and ready to go to the printers tomorrow morning. 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. Pre-order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (UK postage) for first day issue. Will personally sign your copy if you wish.
Thank you to Gill, Nathan, Helen, Nicky, Angela, both my mums and many gorgeous friends for their input and help.