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…welcome to my blog about writing, living fully and making a difference in the world.

My debut book

My debut book The Grace of a Nightingale is available to buy worldwide in Hardback, Paperback and Kindle.

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #6
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #6

Ten to Seven You might have seen me walking In the company of friends On Dartmoor’s ancient trails. You might have seen us strike a pose For a selfie here and there, with No apparent cares, but to Capture those scenes for all time, Of upland moors and craggy tors Of wooded vales and rivers

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #5
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #5

Postcard From Ireland I think of you in lands like these Wonderful, inspiring lands With sweeping bays and rugged knocks, Cork’s Sleepy bailes and poetry folk Blush sunsets over Irish seas   I miss you most on days like these Musical, magical days When tale and ballad sound so real, that Myth and legend disappear

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Blessing: John O’Donohue (August 2020)
Blessing: John O’Donohue (August 2020)

This is the time to be slow, Lie low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to let The wire brush of doubt Scrape from your heart All sense of yourself And your hesitant light. If you remain generous, Time will come good; And you will find your

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Finding solace and beauty through music (Part 1)
Finding solace and beauty through music (Part 1)

Throughout my book ‘The Grace of a Nightingale’  you will discover how music has enabled me to find solace, beauty, love and hope during some of my darkest times. I have been able to dance when I could have crumpled, exchange despair for peace and freedom from prolonged misery. Many musicians have inspired me since I

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Tips For Writing A Book
Tips For Writing A Book

Writing your memoir can be exhausting, lonely and confusing. Here are some of the things I found helpful when writing my debut book….The Grace of a Nightingale – A Memoir of Vulnerability, Hope and Love, April 2019. 1_ Keep believing in Your Story and your ability to write whether its fiction or non-fiction. Despite how

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Lesley Young – Selected Poems #4
Lesley Young – Selected Poems #4

Misguided Fantasy I lost my head (When all about me were keeping theirs – ha!) Over you In a jumble of possibilities If not eventualities You stole my heart The day you looked me in the eyes And kissed me on the bridge  Of my nose  And other places  And I lost my way  Following you around

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