Hello and welcome to the LoveBooksGroupTours blog tour of Ghosts by Nick Conroy.
Thanks Kelly and Wild Pressed Books for having me on this tour.
About The Book
“Every poem in GHOSTS touches on the theme in some way, whether it be overtly as in the title poem, or more succinctly, as in Dragonfly – in which the poet explores ephemeral elements of his perception of his mother.
Nick Conroy’s words touch the heart of his subject matter, and the reader’s emotions at the same time, involving family, identity – and potential or actual loss.
This is a strong, cohesive collection of poems, containing a hard grit which meets a fluid, powerful movement of language to create waves of recognition and understanding. The topics and themes are covered honestly, and with refreshing vulnerability in the language used. In each poem, there is something of a journey – involving loss, a seeking and in the end, an acceptance of the events described.
About The Author
Nick Conroy is currently studying for a Master’s in English at the University of Hull. Poetry has always been at the centre of his passion as a writer, and since childhood he’s enjoyed spoken word.
He was published in the Poetry Rivals “Whispers in the Wind” anthology in 2009 with a shortlisted poem, and won a couple of small competitions while still at school. Performance poetry, he feels, can capture a crowd and create an atmosphere – which he finds addictive.
Nick moved to Hull in 2014, with an understanding that the city is still revered for its poets. He wanted to immerse himself in the culture of poetry in such a uniquely beautiful, historic place. He senses something haunting and intoxicating about Hull, and the community of writing that it holds in high regard. There are countless opportunities for emerging writers to stamp their mark on the scene, and he knew he couldn’t sit back and keep his poetry to himself.
Performing at open mic events such as Away with Words, he was able to get himself heard by a wider audience. He has so far performed twice for the BBC Humberside ‘Contains Strong Language’ festival.
GHOSTS is his first collection of poems, which should ideally be read aloud
What I Thought
Poetry is so personal to the person that writes them but I found Nicks collection of poems very emotive and touching, reaching out and mixing with my own experiences of love, loss and family.
His poem For Mum really stuck out for me in particular both as a Mum and missing my own, because we don’t live near each other, that feeling of her embrace when I go home is all here.
Hauntingly beautiful Ghosts is one I will go back to its a good collection for dipping in and out of. I look forward to more poetry from Nick in the future.
Many thanks again to Kelly and Wild Pressed Books for having me on this tour all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.