23 Apr 14
and in the shop…
“Dreaming of Our Better Selves”
“Giant in the Doorway”
Marion Tracy was born in the UK and spent her childhood in Brighton on the south coast. After obtaining an MA in English Literature from London University she worked for many years as a lecturer in English/Communications/ Literature in colleges of Further Education in Hertfordshire. She then moved to Australia with her husband, for a temporary sea change in Port Macquarie, half way between Sydney and Byron Bay. She has two grown up children.
In Australia, she has been published in a variety of literary journals: Blue Dog, Blue Giraffe, Eucalypt, Famous Reporter, Five Bells, Heat, Hecate, Idiom 23, Micro press and the Poet’s Union Anthology.
In the UK, she has been published in: ARTEMISpoetry, Dream Catcher, Fire, The Interpreter’s House, Mslexia, Obsessed With Pipework, Poetry Express, Raindog, Scintilla, Tears in the Fence, Peony Moon, The Rialto, Poetry Wales, Under the Radar, Poetry Review, Frogmore Press, 14 magazine and Iota.
Marion’s debut pamphlet, Giant in the Doorway, with HappenStance press, was out in September 2012. It’s an evocative account of one day and night in a holiday cottage, from the point of view of a child struggling to make sense of her mother’s psychiatric illness. Subsequent poems extend the narrative through a mature reflection on the mother’s life, death and legacy.
The writing is totally authentic yet handled with subtlety and skill. Giant in the Doorway tackles difficult subject matter with bravery and utter honesty. It is also a remarkable poetic achievement.
Myra Schneider in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 10
Giant in the Doorway is a moving, brave and unforgettable book. I look forward to Marion Tracy’s second collection
Alison Brackenbury in Under the Radar