I survived heart-break through the media of poetry


I discovered the therapeutic benefits of writing when I was around seven years of age. Writing in my lockable diary was like sharing my innermost emotions with a best friend. I guess that for me, it was a safe way to pour out my feelings. After all, it was a one-way process with no chance of recrimination, sarcasm or ridicule. To this day, I still keep a journal to document my life and the events that encompass my existence.

Move forward thirty-five years and once again I am pouring out my heartache and my emotions, not just into a journal, but this time, into poetry.

I began writing poetry in December 1997, which corresponded with the onset of my post-divorce years. My first poem ‘And Now’ reflects the discovery of my self-esteem and worthiness.

Writing down the words eased my pain and removed the thoughts from my overactive mind. I found writing poetry a very helpful way of cleansing my soul.

The style and tone of my poetry change throughout the twenty years of the collection, but I have no doubt that my survival and mental stability was most certainly helped through poetry.

The recent publication of ‘Chameleon Days’ is a reflection of a woman unleashed and I guess that many women will identify with the theme that runs through the book.

I had the privilege of promoting my work on Saturday, December 22nd in a fabulous location above ‘The Ten Green Bottles Cafe’ in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Rachel, the owner who is an avid collector of books; in particular first editions was most welcoming to me for which I am very grateful.

Rachel and Katie in the Quiet room above ‘The Ten Green Bottles Cafe’

(Cibsky photography).