Bolton…an old Lancashire cotton mill town in the North West of England.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Invented the ice cream wafer sandwich and home of Samuel Crompton of spinning mule fame. Writers Jim Cartwright (Little Voice) Bill Naughton (Alfie) Actor Sir Ian McKellan all have roots here. Boltonians are officially the friendliest people in Britain.
What turns you on creatively?
The wonders of nature, the Spirit realms, slices of the hardships of life in all areas of the world, the beautiful and traumatic views through the eyes of children and, when my muse dictates, death and the dark side.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
A tough one, if I could be allowed two….Rose(s) and Summerland (the Spirit Realm).
Flaming scarlet explosions,
born of Summerland,
misted incense of orange Jasmine…
a Rose untarnished
hazily lays in its own fragrance,
curtsy’s to God’s golden eye.
What is your pet peeve?
Ill judgements, in all areas of life, based on ignorance, elitism and prejudice in its many forms…..plus Wasps and invasive Spiders!
What defines LadyLily?
I suffered an extremely deprived, abusive childhood and resulting chronic depression, plus debilitating physical problems in later life. At 59 I tried to start to writing down traumatic events from my life story as part of therapy. From an early age I was forced to create a self- protecting ‘survival world’ in my own imagination, which, since writing my first poem just three years ago, has become the fuel for creative works. A sanity saving outlet from my health restricted situation to express the great empathy I have for the child within us all and my own spirit as she tries to fly. When my joints allow I attempt to bake a cake between poems and am blessed with the gift of Spiritual Mediumship beyond the veil, but am not tied to any earthbound dogma.
Love writing poetry in all styles, stories and working on a novel. Subjects range widely... about life in this world and the next, the beauty of the natural world and the grip of human emotions. First volume of poems self-published on Amazon kindle. 'LadyLily's Poems, Book 1, Wonders of Nature, Life Slices, Life After Life & Netherworlds.