Mountains were Lydia’s first love, but the sea and landscape of the Isle of Wight has provided a rich creative resource. Originally a teacher, she has since worked extensively across the community as writer in residence for the Healing Arts, HMP Isle of Wight and with young people, often co-leading combined arts projects with other
artists. Notes on Sea and Land, her first collection was published by HappenStance Press and her second, Estuary, with artist Colin Riches by Two Ravens. In her new collection, Ampersand, (Valley Press, 2022), a collaboration ‘beyond the grave’, between a poet daughter and her artist mother’s war diaries, Lydia has created a unique dialogue in poems, prose, collaged pieces and diary extracts, of shared rhythms and unexpected connections.
‘In this exceptional and unusual collection, Lydia pursues the difficulties of grief, finding meeting points with her mother, though sensuous but separate experiences of the physical world.’ Stephanie Norgate