2017 for me started in quite a big way. After spending a lovely long Christmas break with my fiancé Heather Carr, we ended up getting married in Las Vegas! It is a long story, one I will probably share one day, but for now let’s just say it wasn’t planned to happen at that moment, and we crammed it in to the last two days of my stay in the States.
I am back in Britain now, and things have been extremley busy, hence the lack of blog posts for awhile. I am overwhelmed by the positive reaction to Other Silent Days. It seems you guys have really taken the book and its poems to heart. I absolutely love hearing your experiences of reading the book and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting it and me. In the first three months of its publication it has already become my second best selling book, so deep, deep gratitude for that. That book, and my other books are available from lulu.com here http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/phillipmellor if any of you are interested in supporting me by purchasing your own copy.
That brings me to the news of the day. This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first published book, Still Growing. To celebrate this milestone of ten years of independent publishing, I am putting together a special book of selected poems from that ten year period. Poems 2007-2017. Itwill feature poems selected by yours truly from across the seven books I have currently published, and a generous selection of new and uncollected works for you to enjoy. The book will be available in both Hardback and Paperback formats; the publishing date will be announced soon.
That’s about all for now. I am super excited to share this very special collection with you all, and hope you will join me in celebrating a decade of book publishing.
A huge thank you to all of you who have purchased your copy of Other Silent Days so far. Your support is amazing! For everyone who hasn’t got their copy yet and are interested in picking one up, they are available here http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/phillipmellor or from the books section on this page. The book is available in hardback and paperback. Thank you again for supporting this site and me and my work. Here is a video I recorded a couple of days ago of me reading Rise Again from Other Silent Days. I hope you enjoy.
So proud of this one! I still can’t quite believe after four years it is done. So many people I want to thank for making this a reality, none more so than Heather for her unconditional love and support and for the incredible art on the covers and inside the book. I love you with all of my heart. Friends and family around the world; past and current teachers and you guys for the encouragement and support in the lead up to this release. Without you nothing would be possible so from the bottom of my heart thank you!
So here it is, finally it is done and available for you to order!
To order your copy follow the link here for the hardback edition: http://www.lulu.com/shop/phillip-mellor/other-silent-days-hardback/hardcover/product-22876278.html and here for the paperback edition: http://www.lulu.com/shop/phillip-mellor/other-silent-days-paperback/paperback/product-22876300.html Prices are £13.08 for the hardback and £6.98 for the paperback plus p&p.
I really hope you enjoy the book! I have poured so much love into it and now it is finally yours.
In conjunction with this release I am running giveaway competition for my Instagram followers. I love to connect with you guys so when you receive your copy of Other Silent Days in the post, why not post a photo or a video of yourself with the book using @pipmel and the hashtags #phillipmellor #othersilentdays and at the end of October I will pick 3 of you and the winners will receive a signed copy of my 2014 book, Lights From The Lowlands. Make sure to follow my Instagram page too to be eligible. Thanks.
Good luck for the giveaway and happy reading!!
Only one week until Other Silent Days will be available to order and I cannot wait for you all the read it. Putting this book together has been a real labour of love for me and it is difficult for me to describe the journey I have been on to create it.
The book captures over 4 years of my writing and some dramatic shifts in my life.
It has many themes, it would be hard to pin down just one. My hope is that you will read it and draw your own conclusions.
The poems in this book were almost discarded, several times, as I fell in and out of love with them. But they are here now, some of them fully formed pieces, others almost thought dreams. Nevertheless, there is an unbreakable link between them all, and I am proud that the book is finally finished and I can hand it over to you.
As always I want to thank you all for the support and encouragement. It means everything to be able to share these poems with you. I hope they can warm your heart and touch your soul. They are yours now.
Other Silent Days available to order from lulu.com on 1st October 2016
Featuring artwork by Heather Carr
Hardback Edition priced £13.08
It is my great pleasure to announce that my new book of poetry, Other Silent Days is to be released on Saturday 1st October 2016!
When the proof copies arrived I was so excited to see four years of work all in one place. I am so proud of this one, and I cannot wait to share it with you all.
The book contains a huge 362 pages and will be available in both hardcover and paperback editions. I will post the link to my store on the 1st October so you can all easily grab your copy.
A great big thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with me. Without your support and encouragement the book would not exist.
Much love to you all.
New book update:
As some of you may be aware I have been working hard of late putting the finishing touches to my new book of poems, Other Silent Days. I have been getting asked a lot about when it will be out, so I thought I would give you all a little update.
For those, like me, who cannot help but express their innermost thoughts and feelings in lines of rhyme and then collect those precious little things in a book, will tell you, the endeavour is both rewarding, enjoyable and incredibly hard work at times. Over the last four and some years this particular book has been all these things at one time or another to me and sometimes all of them together.
Current status of the book is that the manuscript is finished, as is the cover and all have been sent to the printer for first proof copies to be made. I am still waiting for them to drop through my letterbox, or maybe handed to me by the postman, for I doubt both the paperback and hardcover version of the 362 page book will be able to fit through the letterbox.
I am like a child at Christmas, if Christmas were a randomly assigned day sometime in the very near future, rather than a set date on the calendar. I have already been waiting longer than the postal deadline stated and I can tell you I am more than ready to look over the fruits of my labour 😬 But patience must win the day as my Jedi teachings would say 😝
I was hoping to have the book out by 1st October as that would have been my Mum’s 73rd Birthday and the book is dedicated to her memory. Alas, that is looking less and less likely as the day’s tick by without a proof copy to be seen.
I promise I will keep those of you interested posted on when the proofs arrive and when I have signed them off so you can take your pick between a shiny new hardcover or paperback of those collected thoughts and feelings of mine.
I thank you all for your interest and support. As always it means the world to me. But it is late here now and I should have been sleeping a long time ago. Night night all 😴💤
After just over 4 years of writing and work the day is drawing closer to the release of my new book of poetry, Other Silent Days. It has been wonderful sharing the journey thus far with you all. Today I received this in my inbox from my fiancé Heather Carr.
I am in love with the this magical cover she has created for the book and I am so excited to share this with you all. Thank you Heather for all your hard work on the art you have been creating for the book. Over the coming weeks there will be more reveals until the final released date.
My fiancé, and very talented artist Heather Carr https://heatherunderground.comhttp://instagram.com/heatherunderground has been working hard on the cover and inner artwork for my new poetry collection, Other Silent Days. Here is a selection of the pieces she has been working on, including the cover art. Save for the piece with scattering crows with the title of the book at the centre, which is something I put together after being inspired by Heather’s work, all the work is hers. I love it! I hope you do too. Px
First for all let me say I am sorry this is the first update in a while. I have not fallen off the face of the planet but have been busy moving house and helping with an office move at my day job. I hope the day finds you all well and your weekend is off to the best start.
Poetry has taken a little bit of a back seat of late with all the chaos that has been going on. However, what has been happening is the cover design for my upcoming book of poems, Other Silent Days.
I am lucky enough to have my extremely talented other half, Heather Carr working on the art and below is a preview of the work she has been doing. I think it is amazing and captures the mood I was hoping for the book. What do you think?
The crow is a very strong image in the book, mystical and misunderstood; symbolic in the journey that you will take while reading the poems.
The book itself is split into four individual parts, each one written in a different year of my life. You will meet ghosts and sirens of the sea; feel heartbreak and hope in equal measure, and learn that the eye and the heart see things in entirely different ways. I cannot wait to share it with you all.
I will be flying out to the States later on this week to spend some well earned time with Heather. I will get to see the art for the first time in person too! When I return I will be sharing more updates with you all, including when you can get your hands on a copy of Other Silent Days. Until then enjoy the art and if you like what you see, please visit Heather’s site here https://heatherunderground.com where you can find out more about Heather and her art.
Thanks for all your patience and support. Love to you all.
A very belated happy new year to you all! January has come and gone and February is here! I was hoping to be able to give you some solid news about when my new book of poems was going to be released, however this just isn’t possible at this moment for several reasons.
I have recently relocated and all the excitement that ensues from that endeavour has and is still in motion. A recent family bereavement has been receiving much of my emotional attention and of course a recent submission of work to the New Yorker (one poem of which is planned to be featured in Other Silent Days) is still under consideration.
What I can tell you is I have had some very exciting conversations with Heather and the cover art sounds like it is going to be awesome! Once that is completed we can proof the book and review ready to sign off for the full printing run. I will keep you up to date as much as I can over the next weeks and as soon as I can I will be announcing when you can get your hands on a copy for yourself.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. 2016 is going to be amazing! I hope you can come along for the ride!