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Parents includes poems about the writers' mothers, fathers, or both – their lives and their attitudes. Some of the poems celebrate good relationships, others explore complex or damaging ones. There are poems about parents ageing and some about the reactions to their deaths. More specifically, a few of the writers focus on the experiences of parents (some of them refugees) in World War Two and in subsequent conflicts. The poems, by such writers as Jane Duran, U.A. Fanthorpe, Dorothy Nimmo, Carole Satyamurti, Anne Stevenson and Susan Wicks, are in a variety of styles and tones: angry, loving, reflective, conversational, passionate, humorous.


Myra Schneider spent most of her childhood on the Firth of Clyde, lived in Chichester during her teens and has lived in London since she went to University. She is the author of four poetry collections by Littlewood Press, three novels for children and teenagers by Heinemann and six collections by Enitharmon Press: Exits (1994), The Panic Bird (1998), Insisting on Yellow (2000), Multiplying The Moon (2004), Circling The Core (2008) and The Door to Colour (2014). Her poem ‘Goulash’ from this book was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, 2007. Second Light Publications published her long narrative poem, Becoming in 2007. Writing for Self-Discovery co-written with John Killick was published by Element Books in 1997. Writing My Way Through Cancer, her fleshed-out diary with poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2003. Writing Your Self, a resource book of personal writing co-written with John Killick was published by Continuum International in 2009. Myra has co-edited four anthologies of poetry by contemporary women poets. She is an experienced writing tutor and works as a core tutor for The Poetry School. She is consultant to the Second Light Network of women poets. She taught literacy and communication to severely disabled adults at a day centre for many years. U. A. Fanthorpe (1929-2009) was born in Kent and read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford, before training as a teacher. She was Head of English at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and then ‘became a middle-aged drop-out in order to write’, publishing her first collection, Side Effects, in 1978. Her eight volumes of poetry were all published by Peterloo, and her Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1986. Enitharmon Press publish her Christmas Poems and From Me to You, love poems by Fanthorpe and R. V. Bailey. In 1994 U. A. Fanthorpe was the first woman to be nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at Oxford. She was awarded the CBE in 2001 and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2003, when her Collected Poems were published. In 2010 Enitharmon published her definitive volume New and Collected Poems which features a preface by The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.