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SUNFLOWERS AND SILVER BIRCH
A Memoir by Phoebe Hesketh
Compiled & Edited by Catherine Robinson
Renowned Lancashire poet, author and journalist Phoebe Hesketh writes her life
story in colourful detail.
Born in 1909, she describes her early life against the backdrop of the First
World War, revealing an innate love of nature and an introduction to social
awareness from her well-known suffragette aunt Edith Rigby. Spartan boarding
schools in her adolescent years culminate with attendance at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and she quotes with a wry smile: ‘hard beds, hard chairs and scant rations were good for the soul.’
Once out of college, Phoebe remembers her life as she meets the
responsibilities of adulthood. From the loss of her parents, to her own
marriage and children, and all the enjoyment and sadness that lies therein, she
always writes in a forthright manner, sharing everything with her readers.
There is no doubt it is from these emotional and often life-changing
experiences that she becomes able to write so inspirationally; leaving an
amazing legacy of both poetry and prose.
Her writing career is interwoven alongside her personal experiences. Her first
poetry anthology was published in 1939 and she also became the Women’s Page Editor for a local newspaper. She wrote scripts for BBC radio and
television, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded
the Greenwood Prize by the Poetry Society on two occasions. In 1990 she was
awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire.
Phoebe lived to the age of 96, and her compelling life-story has been edited
posthumously by her daughter Catherine Robinson, with the inclusion of
photographs showing some of the characters that pass through the pages.
New Book - Published on 19th May 2017 - Memoir
United Writers Publications Ltd
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