Alison Prince originally trained as an artist, then went on to be an art teacher, a farmer, a BBC script writer, and later the author of more than 50 books for young readers, winning the Guardian Children’s Fiction prize and an SAC Children’s Book of the Year Award along the way.
In the late 1960s, she scripted the much-loved Trumpton TV series.
She’s also written authoritative biographies of Hans Christian Andersen and Kenneth Grahame.
Meanwhile, there have been some cracking poems. Her Mariscat Press pamphlet The Whifflet Train was runner-up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2003. She has even twice won the Literary Review’s Grand Poetry Prize.
Published by both Mariscat Press and HappenStance, working together to celebrate a terrific poet, Waking at Five is Alison's first full poetry collection. It's a life-time of a book.
The White Petal
Go back to the flower place.
Where is the flower place?
It is where you came from
but did not know.
This time, concentrate on
discarding the mind’s protective skin.
Place a finger on the white petal
before it turns brown.