Lines From An Unfinished Love Song

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Book synopsis by author Gail Curry

If anyone had told me meeting a very reserved woman from Siberia at a birthday party in Poland in October 2000 would inexorably change my life, I may have disbelieved them.

However that is how I met Yelena, who became a valued friend and eventually my wife.

The poetry in my book records a journey that spans fourteen years of my life, through a selection of forty-seven poems. The poems record the journey that began in friendship, moved through love and passion, with the final three years being the years where I had to face loss, grief, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, the latter of which followed a burglary and triggered the emergence of a traumatic event earlier in my life.

The poems are honest, I didn’t write them with a book in mind. In the beginning, I wrote them for Yelena but after her death they were for me, to know and record where I was on my journey when I felt so incredibly lost and without hope.

The decision to publish arrived when belief in my recovery was reached after almost three years in the mental health wilderness. It is my hope that in sharing my journey and experience I can illuminate some of the dark days for others who may be struggling. I will do whatever I need to do to stay my path to recovery because with hope comes belief, with belief comes courage and with courage comes the strength.

All proceeds from the sales of this book will go to Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland.

Review by Aimee Wilson of

I found Lines From An Unfinished Love Song absolutely captivating.

There were parts that I found so relaxing and soothing that I could have fallen asleep whilst reading it. There were pieces that had such detail and depth, that I felt as though I were there, experiencing it with Gail. There were parts that were entertaining, amusing and I often found myself laughing out loud (or stifling a giggle if I was in public). I found that the explanations/comments following the pieces were a welcome break sometimes between such deep, harrowing, and unforgettable words; they were also a casual insight into Gail and Lena’s relationship.

My favourite piece? Others.


Meet the Poet – Gail Curry

Tuesday 24th October, 7pm

Whitley Bay Customer First Centre

This autumn, local artist Gail Curry publishes a unique collection of poetry. The book, Lines From An Unfinished Love Songcharts a journey that began in 2000 with a chance meeting in Warsaw. Gail’s poems describe 17 years of friendship, love, loss, grief, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder and finally recovery. Lines From An Unfinished Love Song is published to mark October’s World Mental Health Day and aims to raise awareness of issues that can affect anyone. There will be the opportunity to buy copies of this book with all proceeds from the book being donated to Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland.

It is a free event, but you must book with the library service via telephone: 0191 643 5390  or in person.

North Tyneside World Mental Health Day Event

Friday October 6th 11am – 5pm

Cullercoats Crescent Club

Each year there is an ‘official’ theme  set by the World Federation of Mental Health for World Mental Health Day and each year the North Tyneside World Mental Health Day planning group gives out a little sigh and thinks of a better one.  This year, our theme is inspired by the Maya Angelou quote “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”  We appreciate life is really hard for so many people, we want to recognise and value that while also providing a space where we can come together and spend time with friends, hear about what’s going on locally and have some fun.  We hope you can come along and be a part of the day of music presentations and creative activity. Gail will be there later in the day to speak and read two poems.
This is a free event, no booking required.

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