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Sunday 16 June 2019

Injury inspired Nora to write 'Open to Love'

GREAT REACTION TO UPLIFTING POETRY BOOK

EMMA STAFFORD

AN INSPIRED poet has made the most of a horrific time in her life to create a book of joyful poetry aimed at helping others overcome adversity.

Norah Clifford Kelly, who lived in Bray for 20 years before moving to Gorey 15 years ago, has recently released Open to Love', a book of ' poems with a simple, happy message. Back in 2006, Norah was involved in a minor car accident but managed to escape serious injury. However, a short time later, the simple movement of closing a window in her home sent her body into shock and she fell down paralysed. While still recuperating in 2008, Norah decided to do the ' The Artists Way' course at home in a bid to get her creativity unstuck. ' Before long, beautiful poetry started coming,' said Norah. 'I'd always been writing but it had never come so fast and furious or so complete before.' Even if her paralysis prevented her from writing the poetry herself, her husband would write it down for her. Last year, Norah decided to do the course again, this time with a group in Gorey. When she brought in some of her poetry and showed it to her classmates, Norah was unprepared for the hugely positive reaction she received. 'I had never intended to write a book of poetry at all but there was just so much encouragement from the ladies in the group,' said Norah. The book is 'flying' and Norah has received lots of positive feedback on its healing qualities - even from people who wouldn't normally read books like hers. Though her health is still not 100 per cent, she herself is ' buzzing with energy again.' 'Open to Love' is on sale in the Avoca store in Kilmacanogue, along with a number of health stores. It costs €15, with a percentage going to the neo-natal unit in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

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