Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Lorna Dowell
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Lorna Dowell poet

Lorna Dowell was born and brought up in South London.


Crossing the Ellipsis (HappenStance 2011)

Lorna Dowell was Mole Valley Poet Laureate 2000-2003. During this time she initiated numerous poetry-writing and reading projects in schools, libraries, parks and healthcare settings.  In 2000 she was commissioned to write for Sound Sense, a Year of the Artist residency in The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Gardens, in
Surrey.  Here she worked with musician Peter Cook and students from Ashcombe and The Yehudi Menuhin Schools in a cross-art project, culminating in a
promenade performance, CD and a book combining photographs of the sculptures  with the commissioned poetry – Wasps’ Nest in Woman’s Head.

In 2003 Lorna Dowell was sponsored by Friends Provident to create Poetic Licence, an out-of-school poetry club for promising young writers in Dorking, and was
writer-in-residence for over a year. She also held a residency in the Watts Gallery, Compton, in 2002.  Amongst many other activities, she has worked with the National Trust on the Surrey Hills Inspiring Views project and for Surrey County Council on Re-Awakening Memories – part of a BBC nationwide story-telling and recording project about World War ll. She has also worked extensively with education officers at Gatton Park, Surrey, running workshops  incorporating creative writing into environmental education, and developing activity packs to inspire children to write.  She is currently piloting one-to-one and group writing
sessions in a local hospice.

Lorna Dowell  also writes prose and her short story Drought won a commendation in The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes 2007.

“These poems are like a combination of Greek myth and social worker’s reports. The result is altogether compelling – in fact, magical.” U A Fanthorpe.

Publisher’s website: www.happenstancepress.com

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