‘You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.’
Raw and stark, the poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s breakthrough collection strip down her reflections on the heart, life, the inner self, coming of age, faith and loss to their essence. They resonate to the core of experience.
Known for her large online presence and talks at global speaking events including TEDx, Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer, actor and model of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England and now lives and works in New York. In her writing, Yrsa tackles issues dealing with all parts of the human condition, particularly those 'we don't tend to speak of': issues of social awareness such as mental health, sexuality, love, grief and addiction. 'If you are afraid to write it, that's a good sign.' She is best known for her debut collection bone (2017) and her critically acclaimed poetic memoir The Terrible (2018), both published by Penguin Books.