Sheila went from a working class home in St Helens, with the help of a State Scholarship, to St Anne’s College, Oxford, to read English Language and Literature. On graduation she worked on bi-weekly and evening papers, in Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire. After marriage to Peter, Wirral district reporter for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, she did freelance and feature writing while bringing up three children, and voluntary work with young people. She has always enjoyed Merseyside’s rich concert, art and theatre scene, amateur music-making, and coastal birding half a mile from her Hoylake home. She has become increasingly involved in wildlife, community, and environmental issues. Motivated by her daughter Anna, a published poet, she has started writing poetry herself, initially inspired by her love of natural history.
The Jungle Rises
Notes for the Black Walnut Kingdom
I was paddling
Jeff Schiff is the author of That hum to go by (Mammoth Books, 2012), Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, and Anywhere in this Country. His work has appeared internationally in more than eighty periodicals, including The Alembic, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and The Southwest Review. He has been a professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago since 1987.