Mother, Wife, Christian, Poet, Blogger, Optimist - never quite sure which one I am on any given day. I've been writing all of my life and had my work performed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; Stockport Art Gallery; Bramhall Hall; on BBC Radio Merseyside; and at various local community groups. I deliver free writing workshops around Stockport on a regular basis. I am Poet-in-Residence for Stockport Women's Networking Group and Writer-in-Residence for a local community group. Amongst other things, I have had work published online, in text books, and a number of anthologies, including all three of puppywolf's 'Best of Manchester Poets'. I have been placed in several competitions, including for an English Pen competition, sourced through Write Out Loud. I was part of WOL's Bolton Arts Trail, with three poems displayed in the shops. I have a haiku on Mars and my first collection, Hormoanal, was published in February 2019 by Matthew James Publishing: https://www.matthewjamespublishing.com/products/matthew-james-publishing/hormoanal I have a BA (Hons) in Literature from the Open University; and an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry from MMU. I write a poetry blog for those who are afraid of or intimidated by poetry. The idea is that they will have a laugh at my (mostly) short poems; perhaps learn a little something about poetry; and see that poetry can be fun. https://poetryfluff.wordpress.com I am a founder member of Stockport Writers, a group which meets on the second Sunday of the month at Stockport Museum in the Market Place. No fees, and anyone is welcome to join us: all you need is a desire to write. https://en-gb.facebook.com/stockportwriters
Published in In Protest: 150 Poems For Human Rights, October 20, 2013: In The Tradition Of The Star This poem is censored. I cannot mention ____ _______, a banned person; ______ _____ or _____ ______. Their organisation, ___ ___, may not be discussed under the current State of Emergency. I cannot include a photo, share details, describe actions. I give you blank space: in protest. Bolton Arts Trail, 15-21 June, 2012: My Bed I like one fluffy pillow A duvet that billows Brushed cotton sheets Thick socks on my feet And a warm man aft To block the draught Published in Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, March 2013: Tsetse Rat Poor rat and your pedestrian end: was it death by cat? I hope it was old age; you fell asleep. Dark comfort in your long rest. Dangerous praise to resent your passing, forlorn corpse; scorned by heels and prams and bicycle wheels. Sleep peacefully, rat, on your dull part of the dirty path; curled like an idle moon.
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