Nic Outterside revealed his “harrowing” past in a newly-released volume of poetry, compiled while recovering from a nervous breakdown he suffered last year while in charge of the Denbighshire Free Press.
The breakdown led to Nic leaving journalism last November and the doctor charged with his recovery suggested writing about the experiences which had ultimately led to it- which also include cancer, bankruptcy and a near-death experience.
The resulting self-published collection, entitled The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light, touches on the abuse as well as other subjects.
He said: “From childhood sexual abuse, through cancer, bereavement, bankruptcy, divorce, repossession of my home, the loss of two of my children and an assault which almost took my life, I guess there was a lot to write about.
“And in hindsight I had held the breakdown at bay for far too long.”
He based much of its content of the book on a blog he set up in the aftermath of his illness chronicling his life.
“I used the blog as a conduit for my own creative writing, current affairs opinion pieces and the odd bits of poetry,” he said.
“Then after about 10,000 blog hits and 100 regular followers I was amazed to find that the poetry was receiving all the positive feedback.
“My wife, mum and mother-in-law were the biggest and most obvious fans, but dozens of random friends and complete strangers suggested I should publish the poems ‘properly’ as a book.
“But from my own experience in publishing I knew that most international book publishers will not touch new poets with a cattle prod, so I decided to publish the book myself.
“Now, here it is – 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion, warts and all.”
Publication of the book follows his founding of PR and publishing company writeahead, which he established in June.
The self-published volume can be bought by visiting www.writeahead.co.uk, emailing Nic at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07783 183102.