Tag: Northern Accents

Women Writers Need Women Writers

When I first started writing this article I thought it was going to be about feminism and the modern woman, and how women writers struggle to get published. But that’s not my experience of being a poet. There have been times,...

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What Motherhood Means

Below is a poem I wrote in 2010. It is the title poem of my first collection, a pamphlet called Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare. I wrote it not long after my daughter died. She died during an emergency caesarean section after...

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On Becoming a Poet

The first contemporary poet I read was Jackie Kay. It was her collection, The Adoption Papers, which spoke to me. I should say that I wasn’t adopted, that’s not the reason, although quite a lot of the time I wished, fervently,...

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