Mary Dickins is a voice that I have come across many times in the poetry world. The  first time was at Poetry Rivals 2016; Mary’s poem about John Cooper Clarke is still in my memories. Mary’s warmth might come from her red hair but her fire comes from the frank and effecting stories she brings to life through her poems. I am delighted to publish Happiness FM, I think it’s exactly what we all need right now.

— Bridget Hart

These playful and irreverent poems form a journey through the complexities and contradictions of modern life. Mary Dickins will introduce you to original characters and ideas with wry humour and tenderness. Happiness FM is a celebration of all that is sublime and ridiculous in the world.

Mary wrote her first poem when she was four and writing poems has been her passion and life support system ever since. Ten years ago she began sharing her work at poetry events, street parties and slams and became a regular performer at the legendary Bang Said the Gun. She has been Poet in Residence for Open Garden Squares at various London locations and was a finalist in the Poetry Rivals National Slam 2015. Her poem “Dear Professor Brian Cox” was used to launch the popular Muddy Feet Poetry channel.

She has been on television and radio as part of the Nationwide Building Society poetry ad campaign and continues to dish up poems all over the country as part of the Poetry Takeaway team. In 2017 she set up the “Poems not Pills” project to promote the therapeutic value of poetry for health professionals and their patients.

Always witty and insightful Mary’s writing is a joyful and affectionate exploration of the human condition and what it means to be alive.

As she celebrates her 71st year on this perplexing planet she is delighted to have this opportunity to share her thoughts with you.

‘Mary Dickins debut collection Happiness FM hugs you like a warm cup of cocoa. Full of wit and charm her poetry will make you chuckle and joyfully reflect on how beautifully odd this world can be.’ – Peter Hayhoe (Muddy Feet Poetry)

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