My first poetry pamphlet, ‘Dear Body’ was been published by Wayleave Press at the beginning of 2018. It has received a review in Acumen poetry magazine “This is a moving and salutary poetry collection, the poems precise and controlled, expressive without excess or sentimentality. It contains valuable lessons for those of us fortunate enough to live without such imprisoning health problems.[continues for a page].” Dear Body has also been reviewed by the London Grip magazine. “This short collection of twenty-two poems explores the duality of mind and body, separated and brought into conflict by physical illness. The poems are written with an expressive cathartic tone, a unique and wit-ridden perspective and a resilient refusal to be overcome.” Dear Body is available for purchase in the ‘shop’ tab.
I have had poems published in Acumen, Poetry Salzburg, Under the Radar magazine and have won many young poets network competitions, with a range of my poems available on The Poetry Society website.
I received a grant to run poetry workshops by The Reading Agency through their project 500 scheme; and have run afternoon or day long workshops in schools – I even received a standing ovation from pupils once!
I am a YouTube blogger and a patient advocate, hoping to give a window in to what life is like as a young woman whose life has been drastically changed, but not defined, by Disability and Illness.
I have worked alongside The Kendal Poetry Festival and The Words by the Water festival as a blogger in residence.I go in to schools and talk about alternative life routes other than university, and how my life has been turned upside down by illness. I always reiterate that you should work hard and aim for a job you will love, because you are in the workforce for a very long time. If you would like references from schools where I have given a talk, please send me an email.
If you have a work enquiry please contact me by email: hannahwritesablog [!at] gmail.com, or click the contact tab.