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I write poetry, short stories, and I facilitate creative writing and Life Writing Courses
If you would like to buy my books, just click on the cover and you will be taken through to the publishers site. Most of these books are also available from other sources too.
My latest poetry collection Revealing the Odour of Earth is published by Calder Valley Poetry and is available from the bookshop.
A Witness of Waxwings, Cultured Llama Publishing, 2017.
A Witness of Waxwings invites us into worlds of shifting time and identities, where brutal reality is often witnessed through a liminal lens. Within these stories are shifts of light, perception, slips into other realms, where people are inhabited by birds, selkies and sprites. There are ghosts in the ocean, faces in the wake. Alison Lock’s fictional world is a route map to unexplored mindscapes.
A collection of short stories.
Maysun and the Wingfish, Mother's Milk Books, 2016.
‘With her lyrical prose and talent for invention, Alison Lock conjures a magical world, with its own intriguing myths and vivid details. I was enchanted by Maysun’s story from the very first chapter.’ Zoe Gilbert
‘A beautifully imagined world with an atmosphere that lingers. A young girl finds true power when she aligns her destiny with the natural and the supernatural.’ Ana Salote
A fantasy novella.
Beyond Wings, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2015.
“Alison Lock's is a highly individual voice. A traveller, an impressionist artist-inwords, her 'room' (or rooms – as she describes them, all of them 'rented') is the landscape, the seascape, the sky-scape of nature, in all its brilliant secret detail.
She's clearly a lover of words, and she's good at finding the right words. She's a minimalist; and (rare poetic virtue) she knows when to stop.
This is a collection to be read at a sitting; the whole is infinitely more compelling than its parts. It's not so much a body of verses as a travelogue of lyrical aperçus; it offers a consistent vision of an everyday natural world that is freshly invested with particularity and significance. Lock has a practised alertness to what is there. It is this focus, this closeness of attention and precision of description that gives her verse its authority.” R V Bailey
A poetry collection.
Above the Parapet, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2013.
The world is on a cusp, hovering between the familiar and the dystopian. With humour and compassion the characters are sucked into a slipstream of ordinary events and unusual happenings.
A woman hears her roses crying as the ash begins to fall; a girl with hearing loss is more at home with bugs, a man with good intent transmogrifies.
There’s a secret inside a pony, an occasional angel, a swarm of flying fish and then there is the dog.
And all the while, the natural world is taking an ominous turn.
A collection of short stories.
A Slither of Air, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2011.
Alison Lock’s first collection of poetry is A Slither of Air. She was a winner of the 2010 Indigo Dreams Poetry Collection Competition.
'Like a gentle voice in your ear, these poems speak of love and life and pain and war with words so precisely-chosen they will make you tremble. A wonderful collection.' Laura Sheridan
‘I found myself holding my breath as the fresh, delicious images in this poetry caressed my senses. Everything one hopes for in poetry is delivered in memorable abundance.’ Joanne Klassen
A poetry collection.
Eye of the Heron.
A performance of 'eye of the heron' at the launch of the Holmfirth Arts Festival, Choppards Mission, Holmfirth, June 13th 2013. With musician Robin Bowles and photographer Richard Raby.
- The poetry reading set to music was more than the sum of its parts. Excellent and held at the right time of day. The evening summer light filtered through the beautiful windows and enhanced the performance. An excellent beginning to the Festival.
A collaboration of poetry and music.
My short stories have won prizes in the following:
The London Magazine Competition 2015,
The 14th Conference for the Short Story in English at Shanghai,
1st Prize and 2nd Prize. Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competitions,
Semi-finalist in the Carve Esoteric Prize 2014.
Shortlisted Lakeview International Short Story 2017
My stories have been published in the following journals:
The London Magazine,
The Copperfield Review,
Lakeview International Literary Review.
Deep Water Literary Journal,
Momaya Annual Review 2012,
Myriad Editions Quick Fictions,
Tears in the Fence 57,
All the Sins
Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine
'Erthenta' was performed at Bath's live bi-monthly event - A Word in Your Ear.
Poetry in the following publications:
Ofi Press Mexico,
Three Drops from a Cauldron,
The Word (YSJ),
Off the Coast,
And Other Poems,
Algebra of Owls
Anthologies - my work is included in the following:
Virginia Warbey Anthology (2010),
Soul Feathers Macmillan Anthology, Indigo Dreams Publishing (2012),
Musings on Mothering. Mother's Milk Books (2012).
Heart Shoots, Indigo Dreams Publishing (2013),
A Speaking Silence (2013),
'For Rhino in a Shrinking World (2013)',
Something Hidden (2013) Bridge House Publishing
Hildegard : visions & inspiration, edited by Gabriel Griffin Wyvern Works (2014),
Poems for a Liminal Age, edited by Mandy Pannett, SPM Publications (2015).
Over Land, Over Sea, edited by Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan (2015).
Samhain (2016). Three Drops from a Cauldron. Ed Kate Garrett.
National Flash Fiction Day online anthology (2016)
Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, October (2016).
Liberty Tales stories and poems inspired by Magna Carta. Ed. Cherry Potts. Arachne Press (2016)
My work can also be viewed on poetry pf