Alison Lock - Poet, Writer

'Like a gentle voice in your ear, these poems speak of love 
and life and pain and war with words so precisely-chosen 
they will make you tremble' - Laura Sheridan.


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I write poetry, short stories, and I facilitate creative writing and Life Writing Courses 




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Maysun and the Wingfish, Mother's Milk Books, 2016.


‘With her lyrical prose and talent for invention, Alison Lock conjures a magical world, with its own intriguing myths and vivid details. I was enchanted by Maysun’s story from the very first chapter.’ Zoe Gilbert

‘A beautifully imagined world with an atmosphere that lingers. A young girl finds true power when she aligns her destiny with the natural and the supernatural.’ Ana Salote



Beyond Wings, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2015.


“Alison Lock's is a highly individual voice. A traveller, an impressionist artist-inwords, her 'room' (or rooms – as she describes them, all of them 'rented') is the landscape, the seascape, the sky-scape of nature, in all its brilliant secret detail.

She's clearly a lover of words, and she's good at finding the right words. She's a minimalist; and (rare poetic virtue) she knows when to stop.

This is a collection to be read at a sitting; the whole is infinitely more compelling than its parts. It's not so much a body of verses as a travelogue of lyrical aperçus; it offers a consistent vision of an everyday natural world that is freshly invested with particularity and significance. Lock has a practised alertness to what is there. It is this focus, this closeness of attention and precision of description that gives her verse its authority.” R V Bailey



Above the Parapet, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2013.


The world is on a cusp, hovering between the familiar and the dystopian. With humour and compassion the characters are sucked into a slipstream of ordinary events and unusual happenings.  

A woman hears her roses crying as the ash begins to fall; a girl with hearing loss is more at home with bugs, a man with good intent transmogrifies.  

There’s a secret inside a pony, an occasional angel, a swarm of flying fish and then there is the dog.  

And all the while, the natural world is taking an ominous turn.



A Slither of Air, Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2011.


Alison Lock’s first collection of poetry is A Slither of Air. She was a winner of the 2010 Indigo Dreams Poetry Collection Competition.


'Like a gentle voice in your ear, these poems speak of love and life and pain and war with words so precisely-chosen they will make you tremble. A wonderful collection.'  Laura Sheridan

‘I found myself holding my breath as the fresh, delicious images in this poetry caressed my senses. Everything one hopes for in poetry is delivered in memorable abundance.’  Joanne Klassen



Eye of the Heron.


A performance of 'eye of the heron' at the launch of the Holmfirth Arts Festival, Choppards Mission, Holmfirth, June 13th 2013.  With musician Robin Bowles and photographer Richard Raby.



- The poetry reading set to music was more than the sum of its parts. Excellent and held at the right time of day.  The evening  summer light  filtered through the beautiful windows and enhanced the performance. An excellent beginning to the Festival.  



Three Hares.


A collaboration of poetry and music.


'This is about the trees/how they sustain us/how they nourish our culture/our folklore/our myths/our deepest dreams'. 

Poetry - Alison Lock. Music - Robin Bowles. Drum and sound technician - Marc Layton-Bennett. 
Recorded at St Paul's Church, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield. UK 2014.


Other Publications:



My short stories have won prizes:


The London Magazine Competition 2015, 

The 14th Conference for the Short Story in English at Shanghai, 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competitions, 

Semi-finalist in the Carve Esoteric Prize 2014. 


My stories have been published in the following journals:


The London Magazine, 

Firewords Quarterly,

The Copperfield Review, 

Junoesq, 

Litro, 

Lakeview International Literary Review.

Cro Magnon,

Paper Swans, 

Deep Water Literary Journal, 

Momaya Annual Review 2012, 

Myriad Editions Quick Fictions, 

Sentinel Champions, 

Lampeter Review,

Tears in the Fence 57, 

Flash Frontier, 

Sarasvati, 

Southlight, 

Visual Verse.


'Erthenta' was performed at Bath's live bi-monthly event - A Word in Your Ear. 



Poetry in the following publications: 

Ofi Press Mexico, 

Assent, 

Pennine Platform, 

Three Drops from a Cauldron,

Ground, 

Reach, 

Sarasvati, 

Dawntreader, 

Southlight, 

Pennine Ink, 

The Word (YSJ), 

Uroborus, 

Off the Coast, 

Westward Quarterly, 

The Lake, 

And Other Poems, 

Haibun Today. 



Anthologies - my work is included in the following: 


Virginia Warbey Anthology (2010), Soul Feathers Macmillan Anthology (2012), 

Musings on Mothering (2012). Heart Shoots (2013), 

A Speaking Silence (2013), 'For Rhino in a Shrinking World (2013)',

Something Hidden (2013) Bridge House Publishing

Hildegard : visions & inspiration, edited by Gabriel Griffin Wyvern Works (2014), 

Poems for a Liminal Age, edited by Mandy Pannett, SPM Publications (2015).

Over Land, Over Sea, edited by Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan (2015).



My work can also be viewed on poetry pf