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28th May, 2022

Author returns to hometown to launch poetry anthology

AN ‘OVER the moon’ author is returning to his hometown to launch his first published works.

Luke Hartnack’s poetry anthology The Evolution of a Soul is inspired by his travels across the world and great love of the outdoors.

Luke says the 33 poems in the book represent an evolutionary journey, charting the raw emotions, perceptions and experiences captured throughout his life.

The anthology features a heartfelt foreword by prolific peace activist Satish Kumar, and illustrations by Stella Perret.

He has returned to Rugby to launch the book at a showcase in Houlton.

Luke, who has decided to donate 20 per cent of all proceeds from sales of the book into local community initiatives, said: “I am over the moon to be back in Rugby to launch The Evolution of a Soul. Rugby is my home, I started out here before leaving home at 19 to travel across the world, and it’s heart-warming to be back in the community to celebrate this achievement and give back to my people.

“I’ve been on quite the journey since I first embarked on my travels, a beautiful exploration of the world and my place within it. This book is not only a celebration of that but a reflection of where I’ve come from, the experiences, what I’ve learned and who I’ve connected with along the way.

“My journey and my travels have made me look back and think about where I’ve come from. It’s helped me to reflect and to heal, and I want this collection to do the same for others, to make them stop and think.

“I wrote my first poem The Importance of Reflection in 2017 and have collected inspirations since then to curate my first anthology. This book will take the reader on a four-year journey in poetry form, and I can’t wait for people to savour and enjoy it.”

Luke will be showcasing the book at The Barn venue in Houlton from 10am-8pm on Tuesday (May 17) and Tuesday May 24, when he will be on hand to offer visitors a deeper insight and perspective into his work. Original artwork from illustrator Stella Perret will be available to buy.

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