Poet Joanne is verse time lucky

Poet Joanne Ashcroft with her new book 'From Parts Becoming Whole'.
Poet Joanne Ashcroft with her new book 'From Parts Becoming Whole'.

A FORMER trainee nurse-turned poet has published her first collection of poetry.

Joanne Ashcroft, of Horace Street, Queen’s Park, started composing poems as a schoolgirl.

Unusually for debut writers, her collection - called From Parts Becoming Whole - was accepted by the first publisher she approached.

“Some of my work is drawn from found text; things I have seen in newspapers or even medical dictionaries,” said Joanne.

Joanne only began to seriously write when she started a degree in creative writing at Edge Hill University.

And towards the end of her time at Edge Hill, she won the inaugural Rhiannon Evans scholarship. Despite entering on a whim her work so impressed the panel of judges they awarded her joint first place.

After completed her studies she continued writing and had her debut collection accepted by the first publishers she approached.

“I was a bit taken a bit,” she said. “I sent my work to a publishers in Newton called Knives Forks Spoon Press and they came back to say they wanted to publish.”

Joanne hopes to have her work on sell in local book shops soon. It is currently available priced £7 from www.knivesforksspoonpress.co.uk and she takes part in a reading on July 16 at Mellow, Mellow in Liverpool from 1pm.