Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mystery Story - Chapbook published by Origami Press

Dear all;

The Wonderful Origami Press have just published a little chapbook of mine called ‘Mystery Story’.

It contains 6 new poems and be downloaded for free at

A sample poem ‘the 7.39’ be read here

Some quotes by fellow writers / friends can be read below. I am looking for more reviews / quotes etc – if you wish to submit one please get in contact and you will be quoted etc below:

Andy N mesmerises his reader by taking them on a visual journey of imagination with a flow of words"
Katie Haigh

This is a delightful collection of short poems from Andy N. Anyone who has read Andy's work will know that he specialises in creating imagery for the reader to get lost in, this is no different with a lot of images in some great short story like poems. If you've seen him perform live, you will be able to picture the feeling he has put into them.

Andy N writes with the power to deliver right across your doorstep.'
Meriel Malone

Mystery Story gives a tantalizing insight into Andy's mind. It unfolds and flows,through the senses like a cool mountain stream before plunging you over the waterfall round the next bend.
Allan Gray/Gordon Zola.

Andy N’s ‘Mystery Story’ flares up with some intense lines of pure poetry. It is sprinkled with wonderful lines that simply wriggle straight off the page and into the darker parts of your soul, where they nibble away the blackness to let the light return. A brave and maturing voice from an up and coming writer, a definite one to watch.
Scott Devon

Shuttered glimpses of stories lit by streetlight, swathed in fog. These poems effectively capture the melancholy and mystery of a city-scape as the comforts of day give way to the ‘whispered memories’ of night. We are drawn into a dreamlike world where ‘Faces blur over the sunset’, as we share in the bitter twist of a ‘Mis-judged hope’. Repeated visions of closure and abandonment are offered the temporary solace of woodland, where (forgotten) bed-time stories ‘Nestle in a portal’.
Mystery is achieved in part by the poet’s deft word choices, twisting and turning unexpectedly, skilfully balancing the light and the dark. Comfort is half-offered then tantalisingly denied: ‘Her back was turned to me / Once she finished dancing / So I couldn’t see her smile’. We are held in this landscape of in-between - ‘Half opened’, ‘Bent yellow’ – where distant images of beauty and joy dash past in our peripheral vision.
This is a finely-wrought sequence, full of darkness, mystery and edge, in which we may also find the measured hope of ‘a slight burst of applause’ at the end of the night.
Rebecca Joy Sharp

Your poems always have vivid images, they are meaningful and powerful I always love reading them.
Hazel Connelly

A voice of conscience, who writes about the political, both personal, very personal, to the national and international. Andy Nicholson elevates the daily life into powerful insights. All expressed in writing that really delivers.
Michael Wilson

Andy's poetry is accessible for all, telling tales we all can relate to. Human nature raw and telling it like it is, heartfelt and honest. Andy's performances echo the sentiments in his words, a journey all of us have travelled.
Pete Slater - An accidental poet.

Andy N's sequences of poems have a beautiful narrative thread where glimpses of something fascinating and extraordinary creep out from the world of the ordinary. Always a pleasure to read."
Sarah Miller

Mystery Story is a quietly incisive collection; each poem is built upon fragmented imagery, fragmented moments, which Nicholson weaves together, creating a highly evocative almost-narrative. An intriguing and pleasurable read.'
Alexandra Sutton

"Andy N's pamphlet, Mystery Story, is a beautifully unsettling and atmospheric collection of work, filled with texture poetry that begs to be read and re-read. Andy's work shows great potential, and I'm very much looking forward to reading more from him in the future."
Leanne Moden

Mystery Story' guides the reader through richly atmospheric places. Andy reveals the stories hidden in landscapes as familiar as the dockyards, a wintry lake and the 7.39 train, discovering the depths that they conceal.
Yvonne Reddick

Andy N romances the reader, even his words about war, poverty or suffering are gentle on the ear. A gentle raging that fills each story, that poetry was made for. Poems that sing to you, up close, intimate. Please excuse him, his intentions are purely human."
John G.Hall

Bewitched and bewitching, Mystery Story is a poetic scale model of a haunted house – a model composed of words instead of plexiglass, images instead cardboard. Though the house may be small, it is masterfully built, rich in detail, and replete with surprising twists and turns. It is the home of dancing apparitions and mysterious dancers, ghosts of lovers and lovers of ghosts, 'blown out streetlights // Breathing in and out slowly', 'shadows // Entombed in splintered ice.' A must-read. Praise to Andy N for delivering yet another 'portal // Of forgotten bed stories.…Crying for a way out // In broken poetry.” '"
Amanda Silbernagel

My friend Andy N created a micro-chapbook of poetry titled Mystery Story that's been published by Origami Poems Project. You can read Andy N's poetry at this link:

The title poem hangs in the air with a mysteriously ominous air, drawing you in because you want to find out more... "The Way Out" is shot through with vivid imagery and relatable emotions. Come to think of it, "The 7:39", which revels in the sharply bitter sentiment of jealousy, is also very relatable! Lastly, "Frozen Tomb" displays some exquisite wordsmithing. Take for instance "Entombed in splintered ice / Reborn as salty mist" and "Eyes curled with a smile". Very visual and captivating imagery. And I really like the phrase "misjudged hope" within that poem. It just makes the initial warm fuzzies of the first three lines sink into something mysterious, cold, and darker...
Jen Dan 

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