I moved to Suffolk’s Waveney Valley in 2017. After a lifetime in London, the move precipitated my next life. It will be a long one. I loved London and my life there, with easy access to the cultural capital of the world, though I didn’t take full advantage. One rarely
I have liked writing things since the beginning. I am Welsh; a doctor’s daughter; middle child; singer; theatre performer; wife to a Norfolk man; mother; grandmother of twins, their sister and four more; gardener, tree planter, and smallholder of sheep, chickens and veg. in the Suffolk countryside. Did I mention
Antony Johae (b. 1937 Chiswick, Middlesex) has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature – a study of Dostoevsky and Kafka. He has taught at the University of Essex and in Germany, Ghana, Tunisia and Kuwait. He retired in 2009 and now divides his time between Colchester and Lebanon (his wife’s country of origin).
Florence Cox, née Atkinson, has been a dedicated poetry writer since her teens. Born and educated in Ipswich, she studied French and Italian at Leeds University, cycled solo from Ipswich to South West France in 1975 ended up working on the western side of Paris for the world’s leading inflatable boat
Kate Foley is a widely published, prize-winning poet who has read in many London, other UK and European locations. Her first collection, Soft Engineering was short listed for best first collection at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Kate, born in London before WW2, now lives in both Amsterdam and Suffolk, where
James Knox Whittet was born and brought up in the Hebridean island of Islay where his father was the head gardener at Dunlossit Castle. Although he now lives in Norfolk, many of his poems are inspired by his Hebridean childhood. He was educated at Newbattle Abbey College and Cambridge University.
Caroline Gilfillan won the Suffolk Poetry Society’s George Crabbe Award in October 2012. Her poetry pamphlet, Yes (Hawthorn Press, 2010) won the East Anglian Book Award for the best poetry collection. Her first full poetry collection, Pepys was published by Hawthorn Press in November 2012. She’s written and, with The
Angela Locke is a poet, novelist and journalist, living in Cumbria. She has had four poetry collections published. Her novels/non-fiction/travel books (Chatto & Windus, Souvenir, Sphere etc) have been translated all over the world. Her novel, Dreams of the Blue Poppy, draws widely on the experiences of the First World War, the
Born 1936. Mike Bannister grew up in the village of Alvechurch inWorcestershire; a child of the Radio Age. Following military service, he worked in Community Schools in Telford, East London and Bradford; all the time keeping close links with quiet places in Wales, Drakes Island, East Anglia, The Pennine Hills,
Anne Boileau (also known as Polly Clarke) was born in rural Suffolk and has a strong affinity with its ancient landscape, its history and wildlife. As a child she learnt important lessons about social hierarchies, group behaviour and communication from the horses, pigs and chickens on her parents’ small farm.