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, her love of nature, life and sense of fun.'
Candida Adkins, daughter of Jackie Moggridge
'Wonderful, wistful poems that convey so many different women and 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
Sisters in Spitfires was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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 range of magazines and anthologies, including Poems for a Liminal Age and Fanfare in 2015. 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.
Fifty Ways to Fly, a new anthology of poetry and lyrics featuring over 45 voices, was launched on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at The Railway in Teddington with twenty contributors taking part. Read Greg Freeman's review of the event at Write Out Loud - https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=65762
A second launch was held at the Square Tower in Portsmouth on Sunday 17 September with poets Maggie Sawkins, Stephen Boyce, Robyn Bolam and Matthew West, plus music from local trio Fly Away Peter.
Fifty Ways to Fly includes poems from two ATA pilots, Pauline Gower and Jackie Moggridge, and is sold in support of the British Women Pilots' Association - please order copies direct via firstname.lastname@example.org (8.99 plus p&p)