Drawing Outside of the Lines: Poems 2007-2017 delay

I am sorry to announce that my selected poems, Drawing Outside of the Lines: Poems 2007-2017 release will be delayed. 

The book was due to be released on 1st July 2017, but due to a hold up at the printers with my final proof copies, I have no choice but to delay the release of the book until a later date. 

I don’t like having to alter the plans for a book release after I have announced it, but sometimes circumstances are out of my control, and I must, for the integrity of the book, take the extra time needed to ready it for release. 

I will update you on the new release date in the next week or so. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Phil 

Poetry Profiles #2 Stock Exchange

Stock Exchange (from Conditioned by the System) 2009

After realising my dream of publishing my first book of poetry in 2007, I turned my attention to writing a new batch of poems that I imagined would make up the follow-up collection. My first book, Still Growing was made up of poems I had written between 1998 and 2007, so I was starting this group of poems from scratch. I wrote a number of new pieces over the following year and performed one of them, Memories from a Train, as part of a reading I did in Swansea, Wales in June 2008.

The subject matter of the poems I had been writing about were so varied and vast, I remember when it came to trying to put together a selection for a book I found it very difficult to find any coherent flow. Usually when selecting poems for a collection, I look for a mood or subject matter that has a narrative thread that weaves them all together. Even with poems of varied subjects it is possible to connect the ends of their threads together to form a book that works as a whole. However, I was relatively inexperienced at such tasks at that time, and soon grew frustrated with the whole endeavour. Little did I know, but one single global event was about to change the direction of my second book of poetry beyond all recognition.

The media labelled “credit crunch” captured the world’s attention with stock markets crashing, banks being bailed out by tax payer’s money, and politicians falling over themselves to score points over each other, while all the while claiming expenses back for moats and second homes and heaven only knows what else. I like many, had grown frustrated with the state of the world and the politicians that were leading it. It has always appalled me how the ones with less end up feeding the ones with the most, and when things go wrong and the markets crash, as they did in 2008, it is those with least that were blamed. With this disgust for a world in disarray, and without any premeditation I did what I have always done, I wrote about it.

For two whole intense months I wrote, sometimes going long periods of time just fixated on an idea. The poems poured from me like water and there was always something new happening to keep the current refreshed. The event had awoken some kind of rabid activist in me and I wrote exclusively about the state of our world; wars organised via reality TV votes, bird-flu, fear, money-grabbing political vampires, the banks, the greedy, the needy, and everything in-between, both in deadly serious tones and lighter hearted rhymes.

Conditioned by the System was published in November 2009, and althoughit was a departure in tone from my first book, it received favourable feedback from those who read it.

For my second poetry profiles selection I have chosen the poem, Stock Exchange from that book. It is a lighter-hearted look at the world of the stock market in these times of financial instability. It focuses in on a fictitious pair of stock brokers who meet regularly for lunch. I imagine the pair to be married, although not to each  other. As you will read, the female stock broker is the brains of the operation and knows exactly what she wants.

– Phillip Mellor

Stock Exchange

The FTSE’s down 15%!
Oh shit I think as I stare
across the tangerine
tinted table cloth while
her footsie runs up and down
my leg. From its positioning
now I would say it is up 90%
on last weeks estimate
and will continue to rise after lunch!
There’s no credit crunch here,
no recession, no fuel price rise,
in fact my heating is on full!

I stare into her eyes and I know
instantly what she expects from
my Dow Jones when the markets close.

Copyright Phillip Mellor 2009, 2017

Taken from Drawing Outside of the Lines: Poems 2007 – 2017 available 1st July 2017

Women_in_Waldorf-Astoria

Women operating stock market board and a ticker tape machine at the Waldorf in 1918, during World War I.

Poetry Profiles: Introduction 

To celebrate the soon to be published, Drawing Outside of the Lines: Poems 2007-2017 on 1st July 2017, I wanted to share with you all a few stories of some of the poems in the collection. 

The first story, or poetry profile is for the poem, Whitby from my debut collection, Still Growing. It will be published tomorrow here. The idea is to share some background for some of the poems and collections I have written over the last 10 years. 
I hope they can provide some insight into my process of writing, some information that you will find interesting and provide you with a gateway into the my world of words. 

Phil 

Drawing Outside of the Lines: Poems 2007 – 2017 to be released on 1st July 2017

It is a great pleasure to announce that Drawing Outside the Lines: Poems 2007 – 2017 will be released on 1st July 2017. The book contains a personally hand picked selection of my poems taken from the 7 books I have published throughout my ten years of independent publishing. Some poems are taken from books that are no longer in print, and as a bonus, there is a generous selection of unpublished poems for your perusal. 
The gorgeous cover art is once again provided by my beautiful and talented wife, Heather Mellor. 
I am very proud to have reached this milestone in my writing career, but I could not have made it without the generous support of every single person who bought a book or came to see a reading along the way. I thank you for your continued support and encouragement. My hope for all of you who have read my books and poems that this book can be a broad overview of my writing so far, and for anyone who is less familiar with my writings, it can be a nice introduction. I will have more updates in the coming weeks. Thank you for stopping by, and have a great Friday! Phil x

Other Silent Days Available Now!

​Other Silent Days is available now!!

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. 
Instagram Giveaway!
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!! 
Love.
Phil xx

One week to go…

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.
Much love,
Phil
Other Silent Days available to order from lulu.com on 1st October 2016

Featuring artwork by Heather Carr
Available in:
Hardback Edition priced £13.08

&

Paperback Edition priced £6.98

Other Silent Days to be released on 1st October 2016

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. 
Phil xx

Book update

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 😴💤
P xx  

Other Silent Days Official Cover Reveal

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.