by Vicky Arthurs
This evocative collection of poems celebrates the bond between young and old, capturing time spent together and wonders shared. Inspired by childhood memories of her grandparents, Vicky Arthurs' vivid poems explore themes of love, war, nature and innocence.
"My grandparents' home was a haven, their garden a place of wonder and discovery. Borders brimmed with blooms. A lush lawn gave way to apple trees, raspberry canes and row upon row of vegetables. Here we watched birds build their nests and listened to their chicks peeping in the hedges. We pulled potatoes from the earth and tasted fresh-picked fruit...
"Shaped by wartime, my grandparents were virtually self-sufficient. My grandfather hoed and dug, while my grandmother stewed, baked, bottled and preserved..."
Vicky Arthurs is a writer, editor and performer based in Newcastle. She is inspired by the natural world and fortified by tea and cake. Her poems feature in the IRON Press pamphlet Pieces from Eight. Limehaven is her first full-length poetry collection.
Cover artist Kate Heiss graduated from the Royal College of Art in Textile Design in 1997. She then worked as a Textile Designer across a wide range of fashion brands.
In 2011, Kate set up her own printmaking studio after studying at the Curwen Studio.
Kate's linocuts are inspired by her love of nature.
Published in June 2015
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