Nicotine and Napalm is the first compilation from Portsmouth based writer Emily Priest and is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss.
This collection, consisting of both poetry and prose, is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her exploration of sexuality, strength and weakness. The book, tackling themes from childhood romance to domestic abuse and feminism, is the author’s true and unapologetic account of her life through adolescence.
Emily says, ‘It has taken a lot for me to write this book as it is the most vulnerable I have ever been in my writing. I am always honest when I perform but I’m always holding something back. But, this time I’m not. This book features pieces I wrote between the ages of 13 and 21 and is a direct insight into my past – the good, the bad and the ugly. There are parts that are warm and happy and others that are shocking and brutally honest. It’s meant to be hard to swallow. I want people to really think about what I’m writing and I hope that my truth can inspire or help someone.”
Emily has been writing poetry for nine years and, for the last three, has been performing in venues across the Solent area, such as Portsmouth and Southampton, and New York. Her inspirations include poets Sabrina Benaim, Kate Tempest and Garcia Lorca but, most importantly, the #MeToo movement.
Emily says, “My poetry wasn’t as blunt and honest as it is now. I felt a backlash when I explored sensitive topics, such as mental health and sexism, and was told that no one wanted to hear stories like that. But when the #MeToo movement came along, I finally had an audience who were willing to listen. The strong women who made up this movement inspired me to keep speaking out and supported me when no one else would. They gave me strength to tell the truth and discuss issues that people don’t want to necessarily hear. This book is my attempt to make a difference and be heard.”
Nicotine and Napalm has been described as ‘unforgiving’, ‘raw’ and ‘too hot to handle’ and officially launches on the 1st July at The South Coast Emporium bar. The launch will consist of readings, a Q&A with the author and live spoken word and music performances from local creatives. Discounted copies of the book will be available to buy on the night.
The book is now available Amazon marketplaces across the world, including America, Canada, Denmark, Australia and Japan. Copies are £6.99 and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/NicotineandNapalm
More information on the book launch can be found at the following: facebook.com/events/327587334613710.