This sequence of poems, both lyrical and elegiac, charts a journey that begins in a Derby coffee shop and ends who knows where...
Often startling, these poems unearth chance, opportunity, compassion, love, loss and a collective ambition; bold and daring they never flinch or turn away, instead they look straight ahead - walk steady towards the wire.
Some of the poems in focus on the life of Alice Wheeldon. Alice lived in Derby and was an active sufferagette and socialist. Alice, as well as many others, was opposed to conscription during the First World War. She ran a successful second hand clothes business. Both her business and her home became a safe haven for conscientious objectors 'on the run' during the war. Alice, with other members of her family and friends were wrongly imprisoned during the war for supposedly trying to assassinate Lloyd George and Arthur Henderson.
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