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Lydia Fulleylove

Lydia Fulleylove is a freelance writer and teacher who lives on the Isle of Wight. She has worked extensively in prisons, healthcare and with young people and leads community cross arts projects, often inspired by sea and landscape. She loves sea swimming and walking in wild places.

Her first collection, Notes on Sea and Land was published by HappenStance Press and her second collection Estuary, with artist Colin Riches, was published by Two Ravens Press. Her poem ‘Night Drive’ was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize in 2010 and is published in Forward Poems of the Decade. Her writing has been placed in competitions and has been published in a range of magazines and other publications including Chalk Poets (2016), Salt on the Coals (Winchester Poetry Prize 2016), Words for the Wild, Coming and Going (HappenStance, 2019) and The Guardian.

Her new collection Ampersand will be published by Valley Press in 2022.



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Inspired by reading her mother’s World War II diaries, Lydia Fulleylove’s latest collection, Ampersand, creates a unique discourse between mother and daughter. By placing her own diary entries and poetry in conversation with her mother’s, we are introduced to a young woman enlisting in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at the height of the war, a person Fulleylove finds both curious yet quietly familiar. Upon discovering their shared rhythms and unexpected connections – the sea, their temperament, a fierce love of place – she keenly weaves their words together to present a portrait of a relationship that continues to evolve even in death. A startling counterpoint, their words – separated by nearly eighty years – acquire renewed significance in this beautiful book that revels in the bonds between mother and daughter.

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