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Happy New Year 2023

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, In : Poetry 
It's been awhile since I blogged. Partly through illness and partly through Covid effects upon the household, and Col's heart bypass.  And partly through contemplating whether to delete the blog altogether because of time, other interests and ageing (degeneration and deterioration!)

I've started the New Year by updating publications etc. from last year on my writer's CV and records. In the process I managed to wipe out my laptop clean of everything on my desktop - help! I eventually got the w...

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Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, In : Poetry 

Anthology by Indigo Dreams Publishing 2019, to aid the work of the League Against Cruel Sports. £10.00 from:  205 pages of some of the best poets writing today. (I'm honoured to be amongst them.)
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Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, May 7, 2018, In : Poetry 
I've had a few technical difficulties for a couple of months with my blog site, which stopped me doing anything. Pleased to say it's all sorted now. Sometimes it's hard to believe I once once a science technician and in charge of all the school's computer systems. I often used to ask for help from the physics teacher who seemed to know everything back then. Now I have a wiz kid I can ask who runs his own business, pleased to say I didn't have to ring him up this time. But it's taken me awhile...
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Fifty Ways to Fly

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, April 13, 2017, In : Poetry 

An anthology of 50 brilliant poems from various poets.

First published in Great Britain, 2017


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Happy Burns Night 25th January

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, January 26, 2017, In : Poetry 

Happy Burn’s Night 25th January

Norwich Book Club discussed my poetry book ‘Notes From The Balcony’.

What an honour for me, who ever thought I’d be in such a position given I’m the youngest of ten children – a coal miner’s daughter. I left school at age 15 to work in a factory. I have to thank Adult Education – in schools, The Open University and the University of East Anglia, and lately on-line learning courses and of course my publishers.  I confess I love being a stude...

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July poetry books

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, In : Poetry 

Magazines subscriptions all seem to come at once! There's a couple here I brought, one freebie, and one to review. I also purchased The Somnabulist by Jenny Morris and Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, the latter two read and loaned out. Hmm where do I start now?

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Poetry and Pimms

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Sunday, August 16, 2015, In : Poetry 
Poetry and Pimms
Saturday 15 August 2015

With a spectacular backdrop of the marshes at Cley and the setting sun, three of us (Julia Webb, Mathew Howard and me) recited our poetry to an appreciative audience. We centred our poems on the theme of 'nature'. Pimm's was flowing, and on a break with refreshments, we watched hares bounding and playing in the adjoining field, and a kestrel hunting. Special thanks to Rachel (of NWT Cley Marshes) for organising the event.

Early ...

Hares in the next field...
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Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Poetry 

Their first meeting – the coach for Archant’s annual awards ceremony,
Mandy walked down the aisle refilling raised glasses. Hot Tottie!
cried Andrew. Squashed together colleagues in best attire fell silent.
Mandy turned, hair cascading, and she laughed.

Theirs was a long-distance romance. Distance brought planes
and trains keeping track, distance brought car journeys
on snow-cotton drifts, distance brought photo’s lighting walls
and shelves with family and friends.

If you were...

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Poetry Unboound

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Saturday, March 14, 2015, In : Poetry 

This poem is currently on display at the Millennium Library in Norwich. Poets can drop a poem 'in the box' or via email, if selected the poem will be put on display in the library and when taken down will be stored for folk to browse on the web page. This poem was inspired by my observations of the flamingos in the pond I frequently pass (behind a fence!) when dog walking.

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Writer's CV Jan 14 - Dec 14

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, January 26, 2015, In : Poetry 
Published and exhibited poems in 2014

New collection:

NOTES FROM THE BALCONY  Indigo Dream Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-909357570.   68pp £8.99

Reviewed: Reach Poetry Issue 195, Dec, by B M Jackson

Individual poems published:

Notes From The Balcony, Reach Poetry Issue 195, Dec, (previously published in Hearts Shoots Anthology
Indigo Dreams Publishing with Macmillan Cancer Support, 2013 (first published in Envoi))

QQ Press, Poetry Workshop Book, Bumper Edition (2014) (3 poems)


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NOTES FROM THE BALCONY In association with Poetry Unbound

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Poetry 

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Readings, Poems and Exhibitions October 2014

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Friday, October 10, 2014, In : Poetry 

 Colin and I traveled to London by train early one September morning. We arrived early and spent the day exploring The British Museum and surrounding area. In the evening I read with five other Norwich based poets and friends and six Tonbridge poets at The Poetry Society Café. What a brilliant lot of poets and poems.





During the evening Paul McGrane, Membership Manager of the Poetry Society told me I had been commended in The Poetry Society Stanza Competition, and could I keep it...

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Stanza Bonanza

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, September 15, 2014, In : Poetry 


Stanza Bonanza: Tonbridge v Norwich

There may be blood, there WILL be poetry. Two of the Poetry Society's leading Stanzas join up for a cracking night of poetry. Free entry and everyone welcome! Wearing the shirt for NORWICH are Julia Webb, Peter Wallis, Richard Lambert, Ramona Herdman, Lynn Woollacott and Rosalynde Price. In the TONBRIDGE corner are Penny Lavender, Nick Pallot, Gill Hoare, Christine Harrington, Clare Marsh, and Val Pargeter (Eric Beston and Margaret Beston...

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Notes From The Balcony

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Saturday, June 28, 2014, In : Poetry 
My new poetry collection will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in August 2014 ...

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Poetry Reading in the Greenhouse Garden

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Poetry 

Poetry, wine and cake: Poems in Flight on Sunday 1 June

Do come to this summer’s Saturday Writers reading at the Greenhouse, 42-46 Bethel Street, Norwich on Sunday 1 June, from 2.00 to 4.00. Free admission.

This reading is to accompany the Greenhouse Gallery’s Open Studios events, with poems by the Saturday Writers included in the exhibition:


Dot Cobley

Ramona Herdman

Anne Osbourn

Anna Reckin

Hilary Stanton

Nedra Westwater

Lynn Woollacott

Sophie Yeomans

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Writer's CV January - December 2013

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, December 30, 2013, In : Poetry 
January - December 2013

Poem titles:

Sunday Syndicate, Reach Poetry, Issue183, Dec

Spiralling, Reach Poetry, Issue 178, July

The Lost Egg of Caretta Caretta, + profile, Orizont Literar Contemporan, April

Assembly Instructions for February Field Agent, Poems for the Pollen Path, Saturday Writers, Pamphlet for Friends of the Earth Bee Cause. May 2013.
 + Exhibition

The Wings of Little Things, Reach Poetry, May Issue 176

Notes From the Balcony, Hearts Shoots Anthology Indigo Dreams Publishing with Macm...
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Saturday Writers with Poetry Unbound

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, December 5, 2013, In : Poetry 

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Olive's 15th October 2013

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, In : Poetry 
May reading was cancelled due to the flu virus! Pleased to be able to read tonight from my collection Something and Nothing, new poems, and my forthcoming collection,
Notes from the Balcony

Poetry at Olive's
Tuesday 15th October 2013
from 8 pm

Olive's Cafe, 40 Elm Hill, Norwich

Reading by
Bob Sheed
Lynn Woollacott

Free Entry
Open Mic
Bar Available

further info: Website>

also available tonight, the phamplet:


by The Saturday Writers

Saturday Write...

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May Readings

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Poetry 
Tuesday 21 May
 from 8 pm

Poetry at Olive's
Olive’s Café, 40 Elm Hill,
Readings by:
Pete Belton
Lynn Woollacott
Open Mic
Free entry
Bar available
Further information from


 Sunday 26th May

Bee poetry at the Greenhouse,

Short poetry reading at 3.30pm on Sunday 26th May at the Greenhouse
 in Bethel Street, Norwich (, as part of
 the Pollen Path exhibition.

Dot Cobley, Ramona Herdman, ...

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Heart Shoots

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : Poetry 

Heart Shoots Anthology

Available from:
ISBN: 978-1-909357-05-1

£2 of every copy (the profits) goes to Macmillan Cancer Support

This is an honour roll for me to be alongside such renowned poets and some friends too.

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Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : Poetry 

Poetry Update January 2013


Saturday 26th January 10.00 a.m.


Farndon Village Hall
Marsh Lane

Open Poetry Competition 2012

Readings form all the prizewinners and I'll be reading my highly commeneded poem:

‘The first thing I learned about wild peacock watching’


Friday 15th February 6 p.m.
Norwich Millennium Library


A Poetry Unbound event

The night will form part of the Millennium’s Library participation in co...

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Wedding Poem

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Poetry 

Wedding Poem

Their meeting began
with each becoming a familiar face
in photos of well-loved friends,

googling and facebook revealing characteristic traits,
Kev camping on Scafell, Em scaling the heights:
tents; snorkels; flip flops; cats; dogs and family.

Her aura is thousands of silver dancing stars,
his the blue of a calm Mediterranean sea.
He wanted to catch the stars, and she to sail the sea.

Their first date was to feed waddling ducks,
on the costal path in Cley-next-the-sea.
Kev favoured a ...

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Camden Lumen Reading, October 5th 2012

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : Poetry 

Poetry Reading at Camden, Lumen Venue

Our hotel was only a few minutes away from the church, we made a dash for it in pelting rain,
got my umbrella tangled in another, the man in the tangle kept running, somehow I escaped.
Ann Pilling was waiting in the church foyer with her husband, she recognised me which was nice,
Ann had organised the reading through Ronnie at Indigo Dreams Publishing, she is a widely
published author. Angela (Lock) was already inside the reading room and it was an honour
to ...

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Daniel's Poem (age two years and two months)

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Monday, October 1, 2012, In : Poetry 

It’s been six days since I wrote a poem but joy comes in many forms, at six a.m.
 each morning my grandson has woken me, climbed into bed and asked for my pen
and notebook to start his day, he likes my pen of many colours. I like his bold swirls
and circles, the way he draws smiles bigger than people’s heads, the way he sees
each line as something frames in his mind, this straight line is up or down and then it
curves round and zig-zags in changing colour and is superimposed with larger ci...

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Unravelling Anna Reckin's 'Unravel'

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Poetry 


Unravel those French seams,

see if there’s a selvage edge:

             zig-zag of tiny holes where the loom gripped the cloth,

             the close-pressed, ruckled warp

Ignore the little cuts of buttonholes, but caress

                                       the buttons,

                                       remove them,

                                       put them in a tin


Ease out each dart, each knife- edge pleat

Unsettle sleeves, unpick pockets,


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Books Reviewed

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Poetry 

The following reviews have appeared in Reach Poetry Magazine except where stated.

19) gentlemen lift the sea by rg gregory (June 2013)

18) WITHIN THE BALLAD BOUGHS by Bernard M Jackson (April 2013)

17) HOW TO PAINT FIREWORKS by Laura Jayne Friedlander (April 2013)

16) THE COLOUR OF FRENCH by Poul Webb (March 2013)

15) THE EXCITEMENT OF RAINDROPS by Norman Bissett (February 2013)

14) grass by Chrys Salt, (Nov 2012)

13) A TOUCH OF MIDAS by Bernard M Jackson (August 2012)

Bernard M Jackson is a popu...

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Poetry Update 2012

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, August 2, 2012, In : Poetry 

Poems published:

Castle of Antimacheai (Kos), The Dawntreader, Issue 020, Autumn

A Crocodile’s Predicament, Thynks Publications, Fifty Funny Poems for Children, anthology (2012)

Dribble, Reach Poetry Issue 170, November

Ten Things You Need to Start a Museum, Reach Poetry Issue 168, September

By the Major Oak, 1st Prize, Thynks Open Competition 2012, web and anthology, July

Sleeping Boy, Poetry Unbound, Norwich Millennium Library, display and web-site, July

Lady of the Castle Gallery, Rea...

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How I wrote the poem, 'The Raggedy Men of Cromer Pier'

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Poetry 

How I wrote the poem, ‘The Raggedy Men of Cromer Pier’

When I enquired about the very popular Cromer Ghost Walk it was full. However I was invited to tag along – being
a poet embarking on writing about local ghosts appealed to everyone!  Over time, living in Cromer makes you aware
of legends and ghosts, winter nights on the seafront can conjure all sorts of mystical and imagined apparitions.
The walk around town revealed vital missing details by Paul Greaner (the tour leader) to what I th...

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Poetry Update

Posted by Lynn Woollacott on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : Poetry 

Publications, prizes, reviews, readings. (2012)


Poetry at Olive's

Olive’s Café,
40 Elm Hill, Norwich, NR3 1HG


Tuesday  22 May
from 8 pm

Readings by:

Julia Webb
Lynn Woollacott
Open Mic

Further information from


 Haiku Under the Tree Canopy
The Dawntreader, Issue 018,


Norwich Writers’ Circle 41st Open Competition; Commended poem, ‘Friends’ (Anthology collection)

Poem; ‘Phasmidae’

Review:    Over Misty Plains by Ale...

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