Dawn Bauling Loud Voices in the Quiet Child

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Loud Voices in the Quiet Child

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This is a particularly attractive production from Indigo Dreams Press: Dawn Bauling's long-awaited first collection brings together some excellent poems which will be known to readers of Reach Poetry and The Dawntreader alongside many new and unpublished pieces. It s a winning combination. All the poems are powerful, honest, beautifully crafted, and filled with the spirit of woman. The book itself is also a beautiful production, with its subtly-coloured cover, perfect binding, and teasingly spare illustration with black-and-white images. Full marks to Ronnie Goodyer and the Indigo Dreams imprint, set, I believe, to become even more of a force in Independent Publishing. On one level, the collection appears to chart the poetic and spiritual awakening of a woman through encounters, memories, family development, and other relationships, but as Dawn writes in one of her poems, it is never as simple as that. Here we have a very rich tapestry that will repay close re-reading and a gentle osmosis of the poems into our own beings, allowing Dawn's revelations of her own experiences to illuminate ours. Throughout flows that spirit of woman, her life demanding she must always juggle sensuality with responsibilities. The woman who longs to run barefoot over the moors and down to the sea also knows the restrictions of jobs and urban life. While the wind of freedom loosens her hair, she is also tugged by duty. Her quest for the ideal relationship must be tempered by motherhood and family responsibilities. These concerns are universal, and frequently the stuff of women's writing, but will rarely have been addressed with such subtlety or so admirable a lightness of touch. Dawn doesn't go in for much formal verse (although a few haiku flavour the collection with sparse elegance). Hers is poetry with its own balance, where every word is made not only to count but to resonate. There is frankness, poignancy, frequently a stir of the unexpected, sometimes a dash of wit. I could quote a dozen extracts which are going to stay with me. I shall choose 'Full lives. Starving hearts' (Busy Lives) just one example of the essential subjects this collection is about. There is no doubt that this once-quiet child has found her voice! Roger Harvey --Envoi magazine

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Dawn Bauling was born in Sheffield, England although spent much of her early life like a briar in the fields of Leicestershire. English graduate, librarian and unashamed book-sniffer, she has lived in Derby, Nottingham, Leeds, Leicester and Bedford, working in schools, universities and for the public library service in community libraries and for the mobile library service. She has now returned to rural Leicestershire where she works as a publisher (editing The Dawntreader and Sarasvati, which she co-founded with Ronnie Goodyer) and as a doctors receptionist. Her love of young people led to over fifteen years working as a volunteer youth worker, setting up after-school clubs in Bedford and nearby villages. She recently spent two years as Librarian at Sharnbrook Upper School, in the village where she lived, doing unusual things with books and encouraging young people to read great words and write even greater ones a time she is incredibly proud of. Dawn started writing seriously in 2000 and enjoyed quick success with short stories and poetry, winning the Bedfordshire Prize and the Joyce Searle Prize for Poetry in 2004, doing readings at Bedford Corn Exchange and in libraries across the county. A regular contributor to Reach magazine, she has been included in many anthologies and poetry magazines including The National Poetry Anthology 2006, Bluechrome Anthology 2005, Boho Arrival, Bringing it all back home, The Interpreter s House, The Dawntreader, Countryside Tales, In Country Heaven, Ice Blue Mornings, and again last night... and By the Winter Fires. One poem has been included on Solo Survivors Poetry Off The Page CD, another has been made into a short film.

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