Lydia was born in New York and has lived in Yorkshire for over 40 years. She graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University,
Philadelphia, with a BFA in printmaking in 1976. A former music publisher, she holds a patent for the invention of a braille music transcription system.
Lydia has attended a number of Arvon courses, and for three years she attended Antony Dunn’s seminars with The Poetry School in Leeds. She will complete the MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University in 2019.
In 2011, Lydia collaborated with composer Steven Jackson on Out of Memory, a love song about an obsolete computer premiered at the Leeds Lieder Composers + Poets Showcase and later performed at the 2012 University of Leeds Contemporary Music Festival.
Lydia won the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize and her poems have appeared in a range of literary magazines. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize and commended for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize. Her poems have also appeared in Any Change? Poetry in a Hostile Environment (ed. Ian Duhig, 2018) and The Hippocrates Prize Winning and Commended Poems (Hippocrates Press, 2014).
Photo credit: Lucrezia Lamanna
A History of Walking, HappenStance 2019
Short PBS interview: starting out as a poet
Reading ‘Walking for Water’