Whitley Bay-based poet, author and artist Gail Curry launches a book of 47 poems this autumn to coincide with World Mental Health Day which reflect her experiences of mental health issues and sexual violence and how she has managed to find hope and recovery through it all.

The self-published book entitled Lines From An Unfinished Love Song, charts a 14 year period of Gail’s life, a story of intense friendship, deep love, overwhelming grief, depression, crippling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and recovery.

Gail hopes that the book can offer others who are experiencing difficulties, a message of hope. The poems, themselves, says Gail “can probably apply to everyone, I’ve been driven to write them by my own experiences, but the subject matter is by no means out of bounds, I think it’s very relatable; we’ve all been in love, lost someone and at least one in four of us has experienced mental health issues.”

Gail continues, “I have written poetry for over twenty years, publishing had never felt important, but that changed when I was given hope by skilled therapist. Once I had that I started to believe recovery was possible. I want others to know they are not alone and recovery is possible for them too.”

As part of the book release, Gail will host a number of events in the North East, which will include readings from the book and guest speakers. Find out more on Gail’s Facebook page.

Gail has decided to donate the profits from all sales of the book to local charity, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. A charity that work in the region to support women and girls over 13 years old that have experienced sexual violence or abuse.

Sue Pearce, Co-CEO of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland commented, “We are honoured that Gail has kindly chosen us as the charity to benefit from her book, Lines From An Unfinished Love Song. We are reliant on donations and fundraising to allow us to continue the work we do, and this generous gesture from Gail is hugely appreciated.”

The book priced will be available for purchase from 5th October either from the website above, at the events, in person from Happy Planet Studio & Gallery in Whitley Bay or via Amazon.

For women who need to talk to someone about rape or sexual abuse the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland has a telephone helpline, open Tuesday – Thursday (6pm – 8.30pm), Friday (11am – 2pm)
0800 035 2794.