Kelty teen Acacia Mitchell may be only 17 but her first collection of poetry has already made an impression on the Amazon book charts.

Her self-published book, 'Waiting Spaces', was released in August and has made it to second place for best religious poetry globally.

Acacia, who moved to Scotland with her family from Canada in 2015, has been working on her poetry collection for the last two years but was prompted by lockdown to complete her book.

The work explores the waiting which all of us experience but can never fully put into words.

The teen, who studies a course in access to nursing at Fife College, draws on the experience of moving house internationally and life’s constant uncertainties to form much of the emotions in the poetry.

She told the Press: "After a world kept in waiting during lockdown, I hope my words bring a reminder that time resting is not wasted.

"I've accumulated these poems for years but it just made sense in the current time to put it into print now.

"Amongst all of my reviews, my favourite is when a lady told me that she suffered badly from anxiety and printed one of the poems to keep with her.

"That really touched me and made me realise it was worth it."

Acacia grew up on Vancouver Island with her three younger brothers and moved to Scotland when her parents, who are missionaries, felt a call from God to cross the Atlantic.

"It was scary, we had no income or plans but God worked it all out for us," she said.

"I've written poetry since I was a little girl but it helped me process my move over here.

"I started taking part in competitions, doing spoken word on the stage and involving myself in different events.

"It's definitely a passion and if it's something I can make money out of, that would be great!

"I like the way you can convey so much emotion in one phrase and the way the words flow.

"You feel the words come to life and they're not just on a page."

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