Limehaven: Poems for my grandparents
Vicky Arthurs’ evocative first poetry collection celebrates the bond between grandparent and child, capturing time spent together and wonders shared. Inspired by childhood memories of her own grandparents, Vicky’s vivid, tender poems explore themes of love, war, nature and innocence. Some poems are seen through the eyes of a child, while others are remembrances and reimaginings of her grandparents’ lives.
Written with warmth and charm, this poetic family memoir pays tribute to a generation who lived through two World Wars. The book includes delightful title illustrations by British printmaker Kate Heiss.
“The best debut collection I’ve read in ages. This delightful, nostalgic book is a love letter to Vicky’s grandparents. The poems are clever and beautiful…”
Elaine Cusack, Culture, The Journal
“The book rolls out with a joyous panache… There is a gorgeous childlike voice to these poems, peppered with songs, rhymes and humour.”
Robin Houghton, Envoi
“Affectionate, poignant and compelling… with lots of possibilities for English teachers… an excellent springboard for students writing about their own childhood memories and reflections.”
Susan Elkin, The School Librarian
“…the language is simple, there is an immediacy here, a freshness… It illustrates Arthurs’ gift for tenderness, which is so powerfully demonstrated in this collection.”
Paul Blake, Brittle Star
“With its lyrical form, the poetry is inspired by childhood memory… beautifully presented…”
Mslexia: Indie Presses
“Powerful, emotive and personal…”
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