October 7th, 2021 – Guest Poets: Sheila Aldous & Pratibha Castle

Sheila Aldous

For Sheila, as for many, poetry is a personal journey and she has experienced highs and lows while learning through life to ‘get back up again’. 
After a career with several newspapers from Liverpool to Bermuda, and in London at the Radio Times, a new journey of discovery opened up. Sheila gained a BA Honours at Anglia Polytechnic University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Exeter University.
She has won or been placed in several competitions, including the Yeovil Poetry Prize 2016 and  the International Welsh Poetry Competition 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her work has been published in Acumen, Orbis, Caduceus, Obsessed With Pipework and others, and is featured in several anthologies.
Sheila’s first collection of poetry is Paper Boats [Indigo Dreams], her second a chapbook Patterns of All Made Things [Hen Run].
It is said she makes the best scones and chocolate cake in England, but that is purely the opinion of her family: she does not claim this accolade for herself.

Prathiba Castle

Pratibha, at various times a holistic therapist and workshop facilitator, singer, hippy, was born in Dublin and now lives in West Sussex. Though she received some acclaim as a writer at the age of nine, winning a Cadbury’s essay competition, also writing, directing and acting in a school play aged ten, she only turned to writing as an adult aged 60, prompted by her mother’s death.
She graduated from Chichester University with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing, studying further on their Creative Writing MA.
Joint winner of the Hedgehog Press Nicely Folded Paper Competition 2019, her work appears in Agenda, Dreich, The Honest Ulsterman, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, Fevers of the Mind, Saraswati, Reach, The Blue Nib, Words for the Wild, Bonnie’s Crew, Eunoia Review, Panoply Ezine, Poetry and All That Jazz, Fly on the Wall, Lothlorien Journal. Winner of the NADFAS poetry competition age range 13 – 17, 2009, she was Highly Commended in the Sentinel Literary Journal Competition January 2021, Storytown 2020 Poetry Competition, and Hedgehog Press Competition, Postcards from the Hedge: A Bestiary of the Night.

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