Shirley Hetherington’s poems carry an artist’s observations: light, colour and details play across witty and sympathetic commentaries on childhood, family, art and love. Her family involvement with generations of women, together with Amy Johnson, Madame Bonnard and others, creates a significant thematic movement which culminates in the title poem’s assertion of freedom.
About Shirley Hetherington
Shirley Hetherington was born in Middlesbrough and lives in Great Ayton. She began adult life as a junior school teacher. When bringing up her own children, she began to train as a painter and potter. Her lifetime love of language made it a natural progression to create with words, as well as with paint and clay. Her poetry began in the stimulation and encouragement of the University of Leeds Creative Writing courses at Harrow Road in Middlesbrough, which she attended until the Centre was closed down. She is a founder member of Hall Garth Poets and continues to draw inspiration and support from her fellow writers. Her first pamphlet, Shiny Days, was published by Mudfog in 1997. Women’s problems and expectations have been explored in her recent exhibition of ceramic sculptures at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough.