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Carole Bromley is a York-based poet and writer.

Her pamphlets (Unscheduled Halt and Skylight) and her three books (A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and Blast Off!) are available from Smith/Doorstop Books

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Winner of many prizes, including The Bridport Prize, Carole is an experienced teacher and workshop leader and is available to work in schools and at festivals. She is an Arvon tutor and runs poetry surgeries for The Poetry Society at York Explore. In 2018 she will be reading and running a workshop for children at The Verve Festival in February vervepoetryfestival.com and in June teaching an Arvon course at Lumb Bank arvon.org

Mourning Bracelet

I wear my sisters round my wrist.
Loop over loop their twisted
hair chafes my skin as I write
here in the kitchen late at night;
who is it clears her throat before
the clock’s strike at turn of stair,
whose the face in the copper pan?

Out of the gate for air, I run
and they’re leaping now from stone
to stone. Down the cobbled lane
I fly in Anne’s best cotton gloves,
the hob-nailed boots Emily loved.
Footsteps when there’s no-one there,
just these twists of my sisters’ hair.

Carole Bromley (First Prize Winner Brontë Society Literary Competition 2011. Published in Brontë Studies and in A Guided Tour of the Ice House)

A poem buoyant on its own movement and invention, knowing what it's doing but not self-absorbed' Seamus Heaney

Blast Off!

Blast off on an exciting journey into space, the past, fairytales with a difference, under your bed, and, above all, into the imagination.

From riddles, clerihews, and rhyming couplets, to fairytales, Christmas angels, and magnesium... With poems to curl up with, poems for bedtime, and poems just crying out for audience participation, Blast Off! is a cheeky, curious, and lyrical collection for children.

Ten, nine, eight...

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