Launching My Debut Collection!
I can't believe it's been over a decade since I was active on ABCtales - it's been so lovely to explore the site again and revisit everyone's work.
I'm sure most of you won't remember me, but this site was such an important step in my writing journey. It was where, at sixteen years old, I first started sharing my poetry. This community helped me develop my craft and supported me through the ups and downs of my teenage years.
Leaving ABCtales behind whilst I was at university was difficult, but felt like what I needed as I dedicated my time to studying and starting teacher training.
I'm now thirty-two and a full-time English teacher. This year, I married the love of my life, a wonderful person who has edited every poem I've written for the past five years, and I published my first collection of poetry!
Walrussey is a collection of 28 poems which explore the climate crisis and its impact on marine ecosystems. I was honoured to have it blurbed by Penelope Shuttle, who said the following:
"This brillianty-titled collection describes an abundance of sea and shore creatures, capturing them in a visionary net of language. Meticulous and lyrical attention to detail is evident throughout; the poems are inventve, compassionate ; they convey the fragility of life and the long planetary history we share with our fellow creatures."
Walrussey is now available to purchase from my publisher, The Black Cat Poetry Press: https://www.blackcatpress.co.uk/product-page/walrussey
If anyone has any questions about publishing with small presses, please do ask away.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone at ABCtales, past and present, for being such an important part of my life, and for all the support and feedback you offered me when I was first starting out as a fledgling poet <3