Peppercorns, Slates & Spitfires
Peppercorn Rent was published by Flarestack in 2008 and a full collection, Slate Rising, by Indigo Dreams in April 2014. Alison founded Rhythm & Muse in 2007 and hosted many poets and musicians at a range of venues in South West London including the Rose Theatre, the Landmark Arts Centre and the Ram Jam Club. She also performed with Judith Watts as 'Speranza' - complete with hats, veils and peacock feathers - at the Mary Wallace Theatre, the CornerHouse and the Roundhouse in Camden. Slightly eccentric!
And so onto flight... Alison was awarded funding by Arts Council England in 2015 to research and write Sisters in Spitfires (IDP), which celebrates the women who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the Second World War. She has given readings from the top of Seaplane (Solent Sky Museum) and in front of Spitfires (RAF Museum London) and Hurricanes (Brooklands Museum) to share their stories and the significance of their wartime role delivering Anything to Anywhere.
A few seconds later I found myself soaring through the air in a machine that made poetry of flight...
ATA pilot Jackie Moggridge (Sorour)
Jackie also wrote poetry and her poem 'The Last Flight', discovered in her daughter's attic, was published in Fifty Ways to Fly in 2017, in support of BWPA.
Magazines: Orbis, Envoi, Fire, Pulsar, Ripple, Obsessed with Pipework, Poetry Now, SOUTH Magazine, ARTEMISpoetry, 14 Magazine, Ariadne's Thread, Snakeskin, Reach, Ink, Sweat & Tears, London Grip, The Lake and on the Mary Evans Picture Library blog, Poems and Pictures. 'A Rapid Dispersal' from Sisters in Spitfires appeared in Victory 75 Magazine in 2020.
Anthologies: The Pocket Book of Suffrage (Paper Swans Press, 2018), This Island City (Spinnaker Press, 2010), And the Story Isn't Over (poetry pRO, 2009) and poetry tREnd (Lit Verlag, 2010), Poets in Person at the Glassblower (IDP, May 2014) edited by Aprilia Zank, Poems for a Liminal Age, edited by Mandy Pannett, in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres UK (SPM Publications, August 2015), Fanfare, Second Light Publications (2015) and the XXI Century World Literature, published in New Delhi in February 2016, and UK section editor.