Greg McVicker

Biography

Irish Author and Poet, Greg McVicker, was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a period of sectarian hatred and a violent, political war known as ‘The Troubles’. Using his unique and distinctive style of storytelling by way of stanza and prose, Greg dives headfirst into the turbulent cycle of life. He writes unashamedly from his heart, using powerful imagery and descriptive quotes that beautifully support and paint a vivid picture throughout his poetic narratives, all the while carrying readers along on a whirlwind journey! His poetic stories have and will continue to affect untold numbers of individuals throughout their lifetime.

In his professional career as a Social Worker, he is unwavering in his efforts to shed light on various issues that people have in their daily lives, both individually and collectively, but are often left to suffer in silence. That is, however, until they come to realize that through Greg's writings, they are in fact not alone after all and share a unique bond with several thousand others who share similar experiences.

Smashwords Interview

Your first book was a Personal Memoir. What inspired you to write it?
I honestly think that serious writing for me began at the delicate age of 15, upon leaving my beloved hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, over 32 years ago. One sunny Saturday morning, which was July 19, 1985, my family and I immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Even before we left, homesickness took an unprecedented toll on me which lasted well over 18 extremely difficult years. It was then that I wrote countless letters to friends, but those eventually became fewer and fewer. This was absolutely heartbreaking to me as everything I loved and longed for was quite literally disappearing; there was simply nothing that I could do about it.

I believe that it was back in 1986 through to 1988 and while attending school in Winnipeg, which was completely foreign to me, that I began writing poetic stories about life events based on my own experiences growing up in Northern Ireland, or that of someone else who had the profound courage to share their story with me regardless of how positive or challenging it was. I would compose each piece, but as seen through my own two eyes. My goal was to actually make songs, but it never worked out as such, but did have a lyrical flow to them.

After my second trip home to Northern Ireland in 1998, the first being 1992, homesickness had once again grasped me fully within its clutches. I composed approximately twenty poems over a period of a few years and would share them with friends, family, and co-workers. The inspiration behind my first book and personal memoir, ‘Through the Eyes of a Belfast Child: Life. Personal Reflections. Poems.’ started in 1998 with my poetic, storytelling compositions. However, the motivation for the actual book came into play in August of 2010 when a colleague suggested that I write a book. Although I had been told this many times before, I never truly put any serious effort forth in doing so.
Did you find the writing process to be challenging? How did you approach it?
In some respects, yes. In others, no. I guess it depended on what was happening in the world around me which would lead to a frenzy of writing, or, time to pause and edit each piece within the book and either add more of my thoughts or edit what I had already written.

The initial draft of my personal memoir was written approximately within a two-week time frame and had consisted of 42,000 words. Since 20 of my storytelling poems had already been constructed, I began building my own personal reflections around each one. I then began incorporating six of ten editorial articles that I had written as a volunteer staff writer for the University of Manitoba student newspaper called The Manitoban. This was during the final four months of my pursuits to gain my Bachelor of Social Work degree. Each article is based on world issues that were occurring at the time and in which I felt I needed to bring much needed awareness too. Sadly enough, they are as much a factor today in the human journey of life as the day I first wrote them.

At the time of writing, I thought it was best to provide readers an idea as to what was behind the composition of each poem, where I was at in life, and then expand upon those thoughts. However, that was challenged by a friend and colleague who grew up in County Down but resides in Manitoba. She told me that I was giving away far too much of myself and not allowing readers the chance to see how my journey was their journey, and that I needed to pull back somewhat. To be honest, and from that advise, I went on to find that writing the book was the easiest part of the entire process. It was editing it was the most tiring and trying!
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Where to find Greg McVicker online

Twitter: @BelfastChild70
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

The Adventures of Silly Billy: Sillogy: Volume 1.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,860. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / general, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Irish Author and Poet, Greg McVicker, brings us on three, true life adventures from his childhood while growing up in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. These hilarious, heartwarming stories will have readers laughing continuously, all the while reflecting on their own memories of yesterday. Suitable for all ages, each story ends with its own moral!
An Irish Heart: Poetic Memoirs of a Belfast Child
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Using his unique and distinctive style of storytelling by way of stanza and prose, Irish Author and Poet, Greg McVicker, dives headfirst into the turbulent cycle of life. He writes unashamedly from his heart, using powerful imagery and descriptive quotes that beautifully support and paint a vivid picture throughout his poetic narratives, all the while carrying readers along on a whirlwind journey!
One Cross To Bear: Humanity through Narrative Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,720. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Storytelling
Using his distinctive style of storytelling by way of stanza and prose, Irish Poet and Author, Greg McVicker, dives headfirst into the turbulent cycle of life. In “One Cross to Bear”, he takes us on a whirlwind journey of growing up in his native Northern Ireland, up to the present day in Canada. Greg writes unashamedly from the heart, carrying readers along on the waves on an emotional tsunami.

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