Letters To My Past is my first poetry collection and was published in the Summer of 2017. It is full of poetry that I had written when I was 16-18 years old. I only started to get interested in writing poetry when I was studying English and Creative Writing at school. The theme with this book is first times; first relationships, first love, first heartbreak. Throughout the book it also has black pages with white font instead of the traditional white pages with black font as I wanted it to stand out.
Thoughts Of A Depressed Human is my second collection of poetry which was published in 2020. It is definitely a more intense read and goes into a deeper look into my mental health struggles. I still write based on themes of love and loss but I also discuss my depression and anxiety. These poems were written when I was between 20-21 years old and I think if you have read my earlier collection you will be able to see growth in my writing. I think my favourite thing about this book is the front cover; it shows darkness without the whole thing being dark in colour.
I just finished reading the book “Letters To My Past” by Grace Hemphill. I came upon this author by chance and after reading this book it is as if I know her now and have had a special glimpse into her life. Her words are very strong and they seem to come from personal struggles and how she has overcome them. I can see that anyone that picks this book up will have some sort of connection to it. At one point, I felt as if she were speaking for me and what I’ve been through. She has passion and power that comes out on every page. I am an avid reader and this is quite clearly the best book I have read in a long time. I am looking forward to more work from her. 5 stars, and one of the best books you will read.Christian