Something and Nothing Paperback – 7 Feb 2011
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It is a difficult thing to write about poverty in a mining village in the sixties without conjuring up images of all the other texts with the same signifiers. What Woollacott does is inject a familiar theme with fresh language and fresh imagery, creating an ash-filled place, peppered with magical-realism, animals and kindred birds. --Helen Ivory.
Fairy-tale realism, harsh and bitter-sweet . . . these poems gleam and glitter with the magic counter-language of childhood: rats, mice, gold stars, soot, dolls, birds, packets of tea, the works outing, the cabbage patch, the cry of the rag-and-bone man, the sea . . . --Anna Reckin.
About the Author
Lynn Woollacott was born in 1955, left school at 15, married at 16, had her first child at 17, moved to the Norfolk coast at 18. Whilst bringing up two children and working many jobs she studied with Adult Education and went on to obtain a degree with the Open University. Jobs ranged from sewing buttons on cardigans to working as a lab technician in an all girl s school, then settled teaching children about the environment at various outdoor centres (fresh water studies, woodland studies and beach studies. Lynn holds three recent Diplomas and a Post Graduate Certificate with the University of East Anglia. She has been published and regularly won prizes poetry in many of the small press magazines (30 in the last two years) including Poetry News and Feature Writer in Orbis 151. She has performed at libraries, local events and Cafe Writer s, Norwich. This is her first full collection.