New poetry collection for local nurse

A local nurse with a literary side-line has published his second collection of original poetry.

Mel McEvoy, nurse consultant in cancer and palliative care at the University Hospital of North Tees, has dedicated ‘Wading into the Light’ to those who work in health care.

Nurse Consultant In Cancer And Palliative Care Mel McEvoy

The collection, described as displaying ‘a sense of loss, but not morbidly so’ and aims to ‘to shine light on this experience of being’, is heavily inspired by his 39 years of service to the NHS.

The centrepiece to the collection is ‘Sonnets of a Hospital Lift’ which tells the story of death and dying in a NHS hospital. The twist in the tale comes as the lift itself is revealed to be a sentient being, which is telling the stories it has witnessed.

Mel McEvoy, 62, who was born in Liverpool and now lives in Darlington, said: “This collection is particularly important and a joy because it tries to capture the emotional impact of working with patients in the NHS.

“It’s proudly dedicated to health professionals delivering end of life care.”

Wading into the Light - Book cover

‘Wading into the Light’, described by Irish poet Siobhan Campbell as a collection ‘that brims with humanity… these are poems that by turns will make you laugh and cry’, will be formally launched at an event at Newcastle’s renowned Lit and Phil Library on Monday 3 October, 7pm , and is open to all.

Copies of Mel’s new collection, published by specialist poetry company Red Squirrel Publishing, can be purchased online at  from Monday 3 October.

Below is a sample of Mel’s poetry – The Muscle in the Heart of the NHS


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