By Sue Dawes

The summer edition of Words Down The Line is inspired by the recent UK general election, and is written around the concept of ‘Breaking Through’. The poems, all of high quality, were judged by Wivenhoe Councillor, GE candidate for Harwich and North Essex, and poetry enthusiast, Rosalind Scott.

Biographies of contributors

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas Bryan is a local architect. He has written poetry since his early twenties, and three years ago joined the Creative Writing group at The Wivenhoe Bookshop to learn about another funny endeavour – prose.

Lelia Ferro

Lelia is an MA Creative Writing student at the University of Essex. She also has an MA in Multimedia Journalism and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Approaches. Lelia spent nearly 20 years working in the media in London, before deciding to focus on her creative writing. She mainly writes poetry about hidden voices in the Essex landscape. She has lived in Wivenhoe for 10 years, and has had several poems published in Words Down the Line. She has her own website Married to the Marshes.

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah has published two novels with Sandstone Press, The Insect Rosary and The Devil in the Snow. Her short stories have been published in print and online, most recently in the fairytale anthology, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing for the Open University.

George McKissock

George is originally from Scotland but has been adopted by Wivenhoe. He spends much of his time reading, writing, talking & walking in nature.