Genista began her working life as an actor. Later in life she trained as a teacher and lectured in Art History at the Somerset College of Art. In the early 90’s she was an early member of the Fire River poetry Taunton poetry group. She subsequently became a tutor of Creative Writing at Bridgwater College and the Bridgwater Arts Centre. She attended Selima Hill’s Advanced Poetry workshops in Exeter and with Fire River Poets began to give readings in the West country and further afield. Genista particularly enjoys performing her work but has also published poetry in the Small Press, in anthologies and poetry magazines and been placed in competitions. Her work has been heard on Radio 4 and many times on Local Radio.
Genista published her first full collection: ‘Cat’s Cradle’ in 2007 with Oversteps Books. A few copies obtainable by post from the author or in Brendon Books, Taunton.
“Genista Lewes’s work has a wonderfully haunting quality. It accompanies one to the edge where the echoes of elusive memories and other worlds are momentarily and marvellously available.” Mary Maher
Fire River Poets remains a thriving group, promoting and encouraging both writing and appreciation of poetry. Genista continues to read her work regularly and collaborates with other group members in organising monthly reading by highly regarded poets at the Creative Innovation Centre (CICIC) Taunton.