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 ***  Pauline's poem "Missing" is one of those commended
in the National Poetry Competition, 2007 ***


Pauline Keith is now retired in the northwest of England, not too far from where she began.  Born and brought up in Bolton, she took a degree in English from London University.  She taught in Turkey, Nigeria, Singapore, Holland and Canada before returning to this country to raise her two young children.  In Lancaster she put down deep roots— retractable when her travel-bug bites. After taking the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, when this was a pioneering thing to do, she tutored mainly adult Creative Writing groups.

Her poem Missing was commended in the National Poetry Competition, 2007. Her work has won other prizes and appeared in various anthologies and poetry magazines.  She is currently working on a series of poems, two of which appear on these pages, connected with her childhood experience of her grandfather’s slaughteryard.  

Her pamphlet collection, White Horse, is sold in support of the NSPCC.

Comment on White Horse:

(These poems) carry the unmistakeable note of experience, which sometimes brings understanding, sometimes wild laughter, and sometimes the true frisson of the uncanny.....  They have their roots in the achieved wisdom of poetic maturity.

                                                                U.A. Fanthorpe

Stories and poems appear in The Big Picture, a collaboration with Annie Clarkson from Manchester, Chris Fittock from Liverpool and the Ugandan writer Jackee Batanda, under the auspices of Litfest, Lancaster University, and the British Council.  She is a long-standing member of the Brewery Poets, Kendal.




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poetry favourites:
The North
The Rialto
Shadow Train

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pamphlet -
"White Horse";

joint publication, prose & poems -
"The Big Picture", LitFest


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