East Stratton by Georgia Hilton

Georgia Hilton’s debut poetry pamphlet, I went up the lane quite cheerful, was published in September 2018 by Dempsey and Windle Publishing, and she was the joint winner of the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize in the same year. Georgia has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester.

As a resident of Winchester and its surrounding villages for the last sixteen years, she loves the enduring beauty of the Hampshire countryside.







East Stratton



Waking one morning

to sunlight,

water dripping from the eaves,

it seems to me the house

arrived here organically.

Not built but grown,


quietly over centuries –

its white walls the flesh

its thatch the cap,

the whole of the bird kingdom

singing from its trees.


Georgia Hilton





The image of the cottage at the top of the page is credited to https://sdvh.co.uk/van-hire/sussex/