Poetry, Fiction and BAME history




Please find below some of my publications:


/ Collections


Blinking in the Light

A collection of confessional poems which, in starkly telling a story about a fraught pregnancy and the suicide of a man very close to the speaker's family, evokes with powerful images and unadorned language a raw sense of contemporary life.


Salt-sweat & Tears

This largely autobiographical collection documents the life of a mixed-heritage child then woman through the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties.


/ Inclusion in Journals


- Under the Radar
- Ouroboros
- Coffee-House Poetry
- Envoi
- Several poems in Wasafiri
- Black Orchid and My grandmother at Greenham Common in Wasafiri
- How to be a good daughter and Butterfly in Bare Fiction
- Reach
- Sarasvati

/ Online Journals


Fireball in Ink, Sweat and Tears
Yellow Sheets and Forest-child in And Other Poems
- Rag Doll (Highly Commended by the Forward Prize) in Amaryllis
- Three poems in Alliterati
- If I spin around and jump and shout in Peony Moon
- Poetry Space

/ Inclusion in anthologies


Breaking Point in Live Canon 2016 Anthology
- Three poems in Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe)
- Sometimes (Cinnamon Press)
- Perhaps (Cinnamon Press)
- Rag Doll in The Forward Book of Poetry 2008
- A flower of flame in To Kingdom Come
- Velvet Dresses in Deepest Dorset
- His khaki Hood in Writing Motherhood



/ Online

/ Inclusion in anthologies

/ Anthologies edited by Louisa


Dorset Voices
In search of sea glass
- We Black Men of England

BAME history


Dorset's Hidden Histories

This booklet, published by Development Education in Dorset, explores the presence of African, Caribbean and Asian people in Dorset over four centuries. It looks at Dorset's links with the Transatlantic slave trade, the African American GIs who came to Dorset in the build up to D-Day, and contemporary stories of Dorset residents.


1944 We Were Here:
African American GIs in Dorset

'1944 We Were Here: African American GIs in Dorset' explores the stories of the black soldiers who came to Dorset to train for D-Day. Told through the eyes of local people as well as the children of the GIs themselves, this is an important addition to Dorset's rich and diverse history. Here we discover stories of friendship, love, murder, racism and the segregation that was a fact of life in the US for African Americans at this time.


All Different, All Dorset

Celebrating multi-ethnic Dorset through images and stories


The World of East Dorset

This book contains stories of East Dorset children's family connections with the area and other parts of the globe, celebrating the diversity that is often found in rural parts of the UK.