Kelly Van Nelson’s urban poetry book, Graffiti Lane, takes Hollywood by storm.

British author, Kelly Van Nelson, who was born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, shares her delighted at hearing the news her contemporary poetry collection, Graffiti Lane, will be given to this year’s Academy Award nominees. Her book has been selected to be included in the Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to honour Oscars weekend to all 25 A-List celebrities in the acting and directing categories, including Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, and world-renowned directors Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

Kelly says, “I’ve been on this crazy journey as a writer, carving out my niche in modern poetry in a publishing market that is tough to crack in this genre. When I heard the news that my poems were going to reach such incredible movie icons I was bowled over. Having my gritty literary work receive exposure like this is beyond my wildest expectations and I’m thrilled my messages around social issues will be amplified to broader audiences as a result. It’s exciting and I’m more than a little star struck, but ultimately I want to keep driving awareness around the importance of anti-bullying strategies and the power of resilience, particularly in the youth space.”

Graffiti Lane became a number one bestseller in 2019 and won the Roar Success Award for Best Book, tackling social issues such as bullying, domestic violence, mental health and suicide through raw, urban poetry. It takes readers on the journey from being the kicked-down underdog to rising above setbacks and leveraging willpower to fly high. The book has previously been gifted to Australian television Gold Logie Award stars as well as Ellen DeGeneres for her birthday, before making it into the unofficial Oscar nominee swag bags. Swag bags are in no way affiliates with the Oscars or The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, but several Beverly Hills and surrounding hotels have been participating in this service offered by Hollywood Swag Bag since 2007. Products are procured by Hollywood Swag Bag in the US and Celebrity and Hollywood Gifting in Australia and packaged into gorgeous sought-after gift baskets to be presented to talented Oscar nominees in their hotel suites on Awards weekend.

Kelly Van Nelson is a mum, Managing Director of a Fortune 500 workforce management company, and award-winning author and poet. You can find out more about her at Graffiti Lane: A Poetry Collection is on sale via most major book retailers including Amazon.

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