Alison Hill with Mary Ellis at White Waltham, September 2017
'Alison Hill has really captured my mother's spirit of adventure, her joy of flying and sense of fun.'
Candida Adkins, daughter of Jackie Moggridge
'Wonderful, wistful poems that convey their unassuming bravery together with the glamour of the age.'
Midge Gillies, Amy Johnson, Queen of the Air
Brooklands Museum, 1940s Relived, May 2016
Reading in the Wellington Hangar
Poetry of Flight
Alison Hill's most recent collection, Sisters in Spitfires, (Indigo Dreams, 2015) celebrates the women who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.
This collection is a real labour of love - a celebration of the unsung heroines of the civilian organisation the ATA... Alison Hill has been meticulous in her research and as a result the women come vividly to life, all of them larger than life characters.
Pippa Little, The Lake
Alison's poetry has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including Fanfare, Poems for a Liminal Age and The Pocket Book of Suffrage (Paper Swans Press 2018). Her poem 'To a Girl on Platform Three' was nominated by SOUTH for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and her first full collection, Slate Rising (Indigo Dreams, 2014) was nominated for the TS Eliot Prize.
Alison edited Fifty Ways to Fly, an anthology of poetry and lyrics, which launched in March 2017 at The Railway in Teddington. See Write Out Loud's review - https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=6576
A second launch event was held at the Square Tower in Portsmouth with contributing poets Robyn Bolam, Stephen Boyce, Maggie Sawkins and Matthew West. Music was provided by the trio Fly Away Peter.
Fifty Ways to Fly includes poems from two ATA pilots, Pauline Gower and Jackie Moggridge (first time published), and is sold in support of the British Women Pilots' Association - you can order copies direct via firstname.lastname@example.org