Café picnic

Sitting here with a glass of Malbec in my hand

Looking at pictures of the River Danube

Making a stand

Wearing a smile under my homburg hat

Wishing I was somewhere else

Stroking my cat

Then old Alexander burst upon the scene

Saying he needed to tell me where he’d just been

I looked him up and down with a withering eye

Told him to roll again and not even try

He laughed and cried with tears of rage

Opened his beak like a bird in a cage

The waitress walked over with a frown of concern

I looked at my wallet as it started to burn

There are lessons in life you have to unlearn

And mistakes are too many for me left to yearn

Oh, it’s fine to feel to free

Oh, it’s good with eyes to see

Oh, I want you and I to be

Lead me down again to the capital C

Sitting here with a glass of Shiraz in my hand

Looking at pictures of Strauss’s blue Danube

Making a stand

Wearing a smile under my old felt hat

Wishing I was somewhere else

Stroking my cat

The young waitress she sat down next to me

I smiled at her wanly and signed the billet for free

She looked me up and down and started to laugh

I told her my name and pulled up my scarf

She laughed and cried with tears of pain

And just at that moment it started to rain

The waitress walked away muttering French

I looked and my glass the dryness to quench

There are lessons in life you have to unlearn

And mistakes are too many for me left to yearn

Oh, it’s fine to feel to free

Oh, it’s good with eyes to see

Oh, I want you and I to be

Lead me down again to the capital C

Former newspaper editor to release second book following unexpected success of debut title

A FORMER newspaper editor, who left journalism to start his own publishing company, is preparing to publish his second book of songs and poems.

Multi award winning writer and editor Nic Outterside quit his job as editor of North Wales’ flagship weekly The Denbighshire Free Press following a nervous breakdown in June 2013.

Nic – who now lives in Wolverhampton – launched his own publishing and company and 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 the life experiences which had led to his breakdown.

Nic started a blog www.seagullnic.wordpress.com two years ago and began to chronicle his life in a series of long and often harrowing stories.

From childhood sexual abuse, through cancer, bereavement, bankruptcy, divorce, repossession of my home, the loss of two of my children and an assault which almost took my life, I guess there was a lot to write about,” says Nic. “And in hindsight I had held the breakdown at bay for far too long.”

“I also used the blog as a conduit for my own creative writing, current affairs opinion pieces and the odd bits of poetry,” he explains. “Then after about 20,000 blog hits and 100 regular followers I was amazed to find that the poetry was receiving all the positive feedback. Family members, random friends and complete strangers suggested I should publish the poems “properly” as a book.

“But from my own experience in publishing I knew that most book publishers will not touch new poets with a cattle prod! So I decided to publish the book myself.

“My first book The Hill- Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light was a huge success, and last winter started work on the follow-up.

“Now, Just Another Hill is almost finished and I plan publication in November. Like the first book, it will be 100 more pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion, warts and all.”

The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light in paperback, is still available priced at just £3.99 with £1.80 for UK post and packing. To obtain a copy go to www.writeahead.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

  1. Nic is an award-winning editor and writer who has worked with top sportspeople, politicians, musicians, business leaders and small businesses. Among more than a dozen awards to his name are North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year and a special national award for investigative journalism. He was twice editor of Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
  2. For further information about writeahead or Nic’s books please contact: 077 83183102 or email: nicoutterside@writeahead.co.uk

Blue eyed son

Tell me my son

Where it all

Begun

Where justice and memory were

One

Where do you go

When time moves so

Slow

Do you do these things

For fun?

 

Think again

Think again

This life is so short

The love that I give you

Can never be bought

 

Tell me my son

When you walk in

The sun

Where justice and memory were

One

Who do you hold

When you feel so

Bold

Do you stop and reload

Your gun?

 

Think again

Think again

This life is so short

The love that I give you

Can never be bought

 

Tell me my son

When you start

To run

Where justice and memory were

One

What do you think

When your spirit does

Sink

Do you really believe I have

Gone?

 

Think again

Think again

This life is so short

The love that I give you

Can never be bought

 

25% SAVING on: The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light

TO celebrate two full years since I left newspaper journalism in June 2013, I am offering my first book The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light with a full 25% discount.

Now a copy of the book can be yours for just £2.99 (plus P&P).

The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is available for order directly from my Web Store at www.writeahead.co.uk

I accept payments by debit and credit cards or PayPal through this store. Order your copy now for just £2.99 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.

Meanwhile, I have finished my 35th 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 over 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

Nic

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.