Long Held Notes
Felicity’s love of Swaledale shines out in these pellucid and lyrical poems. With sensitive observation and a musician’s ear, she draws us in to the life and landscape around her. She captures the moods of the river and of the hills, their fierceness and beauty, as we are led through the seasons. But far from being simply an observer, she shares the life of the Dale in all its toughness. She celebrates above all the constancy that underpins change.
About Felicity Manning
Felicity was brought up in Woodford Green where the London suburbs meet Epping Forest. Instead of turning towards London she chose to work on a dairy farm followed by agricultural college. She continues to work as a farm secretary part-time.
With husband William they moved from Sussex to Reeth in their twenties and have never left. They have two adult daughters. Felicity has written poetry and articles for The Dalesman magazine, lyrics for songs, and is a founder member of Reeth Writers. “Flood” was one of three poems of Dales’ poets featured in Swaledale Sequence, a Swaledale Festival commission for composer Michael Brough and sung by mezzo Patricia Hammond in the 2011 festival.