As a Growing Into review I will add to this over time as I sink into the book.
teaches English in a state secondary school and to trainee teachers on the PGCE English course at the University of Cambridge. Since creating more space in her life for writing, over the last four years she has been widely published, including in The North, Magma, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog and Popshot. Her poems have been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and Highly Commended in The Bridport Prize. She founded the Cambridge branch of the National Writing Project, which brings together teachers as writers, and occasionally leads one-day writing and walking courses in the Peak District.
“Other Women’s Kitchens” is a tender, sharp, telling of a world I do not know about. Thevoiems at the beginning of the book explore the narrators first encounters with the terms “Lezza”, “Lesbian” and how these are perceived in the wider world. It is a wonderful exploration as Alison guides us with wit and clarity into a celebration of relationships. From “the way you knew” excellent depiction of the insular world of school to “Grain” where two people in a mature relationship are described as trees growing together this collection stuns with its piquancy and will live for a long time in my blood, with every magical re-read.
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