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Poetry workshop: Lived experience

A poet’s voice feels authentic as she uses her life knowledge in a poem says Alison Chisholm

Every single poet has one massive advantage over anyone else practising the craft: a unique outlook and collection of experiences. Many of us write our most telling work when the things we have done and witnessed fill our poems. This is the case with Ann Phillips, whose background and experience coalesce to provide the insights that fuel her piece.

Ann grew up in an Army family. She lived in the Far East as a child, and returned as an adult to be an Army nursing sister. She became a midwife, and also went to Bible college before marrying and having a family. So a poem that touches on themes of caring and compassion, prayer and understanding is not an unexpected outcome. But there’s something more.

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