As a child I always found solace within writing and it became not only my favourite hobby but my first love and saviour. I have always felt very disconnected from this world and I found it hard to understand my purpose here on earth. At the age of 19 I decided to change my life and search for my reason and being. I believed I had to take a journey of self discovery and bring forward my heart and soul in the most honest way possible, to find any growth for the future. What better way than to understand this world and your own purpose than to travel it? Therefore I packed my bags with a small amount of money and hitched a ride to the other side of the world. My first stop being Australia which I stayed for one year! I believe this was the major turning point in my life but all good things must come to an end. As I arrived home, I felt deflated and unmotivated more than ever before. I worked in dead end jobs, saving as much as I could to travel again. All the while from the age of 13, I had started collecting autobiographical poetry and added to them every month. right up until my travels.
I continued my journey and lived in Brazil for 2 years whilst jumping around from country to country in South America. I was living the dream! MY DREAM! And taking in as much experiences as I could. I continued on to travel parts of Canada and U.S.A, eventually coming back to Europe and spending one month gathering the rich sights from east to west of the continent. Small trips around North Africa, the Middle East and Asia have been especially important to my growth as a person, student and writer. I did not think during this time that I would eventually become an author, as I still did not feel ready for this leap.
My heart and soul has always been the brightest yet my head can be utterly black at times. This darkness has journeyed around with me over the years but with this torturous soul brings forth beautiful words through my pain, anguish and sufferance within. After 10 years of my soul leaping out for more it felt ready, I felt ready! Ready to engage with what I had written over these last 17 years.
This led me to collect my favourite poems from my life and release ‘Underneath my Soul’ through Lumphanan Press in 2015. Resulting in exposing a 10 year period of my life; transitioning through adolescence, young adulthood, and finally as an adult. Growing up with very little but the basics that all one needs and searching for more but to be only surrounded with drugs, violence and what looked like a dead end town, influenced me a great deal but also made me who I am, therefore I would not change any part of my life.
During the release of ‘Underneath my Soul’ I was writing The Memoirs of ‘I’ without realising the extent of my deepest thoughts and what had progressed over a year of writing, to eventually release the book in April 2016. It’s a detrimental and sometimes life-destroying spiral everyone can relate to; that of being so trapped in one’s own routines and “hum drum” that it seems impossible to ever escape. This is exactly how I felt in that moment of time with my circumstances and drastically fought with myself for change.
- Written from the heart and life experiences of Yolanda De Iuliis, ‘The Memoirs of I’ fuses vignettes and poetry, taking readers on a daily journey with the author as she documents her writings, visions, dreams and thoughts. Both philosophical and therapeutic, the author’s words afford readers the life-changing opportunity of viewing existence from another’s perspective, a unique format that already has critics holding the volume to critical acclaim.
Everything unravels in ‘The Memoirs of I’, a truly freeing and empowering work of literary art. Press Release May 2016
You can read more about how and why The Memoirs of ‘I’ came about in The Memoir section of the website.
I wish for others who may be lost in this world to find me, to find themselves and to strive to be better than ever before. I wish to inspire and grow a world around me that is beautiful. This world can sometimes feel strange to us and we can feel abandoned, yet my mission is to find others who feel lost but want to get to where they need to be. I want to help through my experiences, stories and writings. I do not preach to be the best of anything but I speak my own truth and with this honesty comes passion, love and affection for all others who wish to dream.
"I much prefer living the dream rather than sleeping during the dream" - Yolanda De Iuliis
Yolanda De Iuliis was born in North Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1985. She grew up with an Italian/Irish background which soon led to an awareness of identity confusion within herself. From the age of 20 she left the countryside to explore not only city life but to encounter the other side of the world and for over ten years has been travelling to every continent to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. After ten years of writing and collecting her autobiographical poetry she published Underneath my Soul (2015) which shows her growing from adolescence to adulthood using only poetry as a means of telling her story. De Iuliis resides in her home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for the time being and her current academic venture is Classical Studies combined with Modern Greek. French and Greek philosophies have also been studied and observed to motivate her mind in producing different thoughts and ideas. Her passion to write and provide an insight for others is not only her mission but her reason to exist.