Pauline’s contribution to Bristol’s poetry scene is long-standing. Representing working class women and capturing Bristol’s iconic and sometimes hidden places, Spirograph is a nurturing and reflective collection that welcomes all readership to consider their inter-generational relationships. A must read.

Bridget Hart

‘These are quietly wise and beautiful poems. They hold up mundane details of lives that might otherwise be forgotten to the light and make them shine. There are compelling accounts of working in a drugs unit and of the gently cruel toll taken by time. These poems capture and redeem lost things, from English pubs to women on a psychiatric ward and Bristol’s buzzing streets. Shimmering underneath all of them is a respect and care for invisible women- and a poet whose song is ringing out clear as a bell.’

Kate Fox

Pauline Sewards is a Bristol based poet and founder of the regular event in Easton called ‘Satellite of Love’. Her first collection This is the Band was published by Hearing Eye in 2018. In 2019 she co-edited Magma74 – The Work Edition. Recent publications include a poem featured in Messing Up the Paintwork – a tribute to Mark E Smith. published by Penguin Random House and a poem in Witches, Warriors and Workers an anthology of working class women’s poetry published by Culture Matters.

‘Pauline writes about war on the home front, coping, helping others to cope. It’s a poetry that doesn’t try to cover up, or beautify neediness. For me, its simplicity and transparency allows me in. It’s poetry from a professional carer, but not one where the profession has overwhelmed the person. She is strong. She copes. She remains responsive. Her heart is intact.’

Jude Cowan Montague

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