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.

Readings and News


July - New publication: Lure, Calder Valley Poetry.

June - 100 words of solitude - Germ Hunt.

June - Welshpool Festival Poetry Competition - Highly Commended.

May - Highly Commended for the Selected and Neglected @ Hedgehog Press

22nd April. Musings in the time of Covid 19, April 6th 2020. Pendemic.

February 21st. Poem published in Words for the Wild - I, Elder, Animal

February 17th. Poem published on The Beach Hut: Gurnard's Head.

January 31st. Poem published in Words for the Wild - By the River Dwyfor

Poetry Birmingham II. Poem published: Unfastening

January 13th 2020. Judge for Leeds Writers' short Story Competition. Competition Results and Feedback session, Leeds Printworks.

December 22nd published on Anthropocene: Summer 1816/2019

December 21st 2019 - Poem Sisterhood of the Seas will be read by actors at two locations for the Solstice celebrations: Maryport, Cumbria; and Holyhead, Anglesey. Anthology published @ Arachne Press.

24th November. The Beach Hut. Poem published: Taking Tea with the Bal Maidens.

November 14th 2019 - Reading @ The Albert, Huddersfield. With Anthony Costello, Mark Connor and Emma Storr. 8pm. 

Finalist in the Tillie Olsen Short Story Award with Editor's Special Mention - for my story The Birth Day.

October 29th - Atrium Poetry published The Display 

October 22nd 2019 - Reading @ READ bookshop, Holmfirth. With Fay Musslewhite. 7.30- 9pm

September 21st 2019 - Maytree Anthology Launch Reading - Old Men of Laddow Rocks is published in this anthology.

August issue of Blythe Spirit 29.3 have published my haibun Enraptured.

June 16th 2019 - Sunday Tribune article

June 2019 - Hedgehog Poetry Selected or Neglected - shortlisted

January 2019 - Essay 'Island of Solace' shortlisted for the London Magazine Essay competition.

December 21st - publication of The Monarch of Mabon in Reliquiae Supplement

December 21st - reading of 'Noon Son' at Solstice Shorts: Noon, London and Carlisle.

10th November - Reading at Launch of Cleckheaton Festival Anthology. 1pm, Cleckheaton Library.

8th November - Launch of Anne Steward's collection at Holmfirth Library. Support reading.

20th October - 
1pm - 4pm

 13th October -
Reading at The Albert, Huddersfield.
22nd September - 8pm.

26th - 28th September
Woodbrooke, Birmingham

22nd September
Reading at the Word Factory Salon
with C.G. Menon, & Eley Williams, 6pm - 8pm


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24th June, 2pm - 4pm - Reading with Jo Haslam at the Sunday Sessions, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire.

29th April - Reading at Sunday Sessions, Slaithwaite. - postponed.

12th April - Reading at The Albert, Huddersfield. 8pm.

23rd March - Reading at Market Day Blues Event, York Shambles Market. 5 - 8pm.

17th March 2018. My poem Stealing Sleipnir on Burning House Press.

Publication Day, December 18th, 2017! 
A Witness of Waxwings, Cultured Llama Publishing - available here.

14th November 2017: Reading: The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St, Sheffield. S3 7QL

Revealing the Odour of Earth is available here

Launch Event hosted by Marsden Write Our Loud, Marsden the Poetry Village, and Friends of Marsden Library.

18 October at 19:00–21:30, Marsden Library
HD7 6BW Huddersfield

I am pleased to be joined by poets Stephanie Bowgett and Mark Hinchcliffe and publisher, Bob Horne. Bob will be giving a short talk about the press during the evening.

Revealing the Odour of Earth, a pamphlet of poems published by Calder Valley Poetry.

Forthcoming November 2017: A Witness of Waxwings, Cultured Llama Publishing.

Anapest Journal: On the subject of building walls

Eunoia Review: The woman who captured a planet

December 2016

1st Reading at Liberty Tales Northern Launch, Blackwells Books, Newcastle

November 2016

17th     Reading at Launch of Liberty Tales, Arachne Press, West Greenwich Library, London. 

October 2016

3rd      Reading: Five Leaves bookshop, Nottingham.

25th    Fantasy workshops. Birkby and Batley Libraries. Sci-fi festival Huddersfield.

28th-30th   Gentle Writing, Gentle Movement. Claridge House, Surrey.

September 2016

19th-21st     Gentle Writing, Gentle Movement. Woodbrooke, Birmingham.

29th             Poetry workshop, Scarborough.

August 2016

New story in Lakeview International Literary Journal. Page 86-90.

July 2016

3rd  Poetry reading at The Parsonage at Haworth

June 2016

Poetry Reading - The Albert Poets, Huddersfield.

April 2016

30th - LAUNCH EVENT of Maysun and the Wingfish, MothersMilkBooks.

February 2016

8th - Reading at the Beehive Poets, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

January 2016

4th - Words and Ears Poetry reading, Bradford-on-Avon, Somerset.

November 2015

7th - The Northern Launch of Poems for a Liminal Age - Sentinel Publications - an anthology of poetry in support of Medecins Sans Frontier. 2pm, Huddersfield Meeting House, Paddock, Huddersfield. Book here.

Cro-Magnon Competition: Primitive Humanity

September 2015

17th Penzance. Transformative Life Writing Session.

August 2015

Commended in the Paper Swans Press August competition

29th Launch of Poems for a Liminal Age, Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Rd, SE1 7AA London
Saturday, 29 August 2015 from 15:00 to 18:00

28th Reading 7.30pm at the Chemic Tavern, Leeds.

July 2015

6th Holmfirth U3A Life Writing session.

June 2015

14th - Holmfirth Arts Festival, Up Country, 7.30pm

Come along to any of these Kirklees Library readings and bring a favourite poem you'd like to share too.

25th - Mirfield Library, 1.30pm

17th - Lindley Library, 6pm

15th - Almondbury Library, 3pm

11th - Dewsbury Library, 6pm - cancelled

10th - Marsden Library, 7.30pm

10th - Huddersfield Library, 12.30pm

6th - Transformative Life Writing, Hed Wen, Abergavenny, Wales.

May 2015

15th  - Launch of 'Beyonds Wings', Coffee Kabin, Huddersfield, 6.15 - 8pm.

10th - Cleckheaton Literature Festival, Transformative Life Writing workshop. 10am - 12pm.

The London Magazine competition. So thrilled to be on the winner's list!

April 2015

10th - 12th - Transformative Life Writing,  Swarthmoor Hall  (with Ann Bettys) - Gentle writing, gentle movement. 

March 2015

23rd - 27th - Glenthorne Centre, Lake District - Transformative Life Writing Course

12th Reading at the Square Chapel, Halifax


Haibun 'Vienna' featured on Haibun Today.


28th - 'Two herons and a hare' - Huddersfield Hat Fringe Event. 

26th - Poetry by Heart - reading at Leeds Heart Cafe.

15th - Life Writing, Hed Wen, Abergavenny, Wales.
10th and 24th - Transformative Life Writing sessions, Huddersfield.

Poetry featured in the quarterly magazine, Sarasvati - issue 35.


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