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Lesley Quayle is widely published in poetry magazines and on the internet and in 2009 had a chapbook published by erbacce-press entitled Songs for Lesser Gods, which includes the prize-wnning title poem about the devastating effects of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.

... she writes about the natural world, social oppression, distant countries, historical occurrences, as well as more personal matters. She is not afraid to engage with controversial issues, though her stance is always humane. Her mission is to make us feel more than uncomfortable about what is wrong with the world. Some things can be changed, but Lesley is all too aware that little can defy nature's blind and ravaging forces: her poems about animals and the countryside are often tinged with fatalism.

Linda Marshall

Born in Fife, Lesley moved to Yorkshire in 1982, ending up on a farm with her husband, four children, dogs, cats, a flock of Herdwick sheep, poultry, pigs and two goats. Having given up farming in 2002, she has now retired to the Yorkshire Dales, where she hopes to be able to concentrate more on her writing. Lesley has been a co-editor of Aeirings poetry magazine (now an online publication only) for over 10 years. She is a member of Pennine Poets, reviews both novels and poetry collections and has judged poetry and short story competitions. From time to time she writes articles for the press, both local and national, and has appeared on Radio 4 local radio. She is also a folk and blues singer, part of a husband-and-wife duo, plays bodhran, spoons and guitar (the latter quite badly!) She is planning on getting a dog and doing much more walking.


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