I am a poet from Heywood, Lancashire. I started writing at 12 and had my first book published a few years ago, Prejudice and Pride by Katie Haigh
Prejudice and Pride https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009ECABO0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_pXtWAbZSF6RC2
My book is an anthology of poetry about both physical disability and mental illness. I wrote it to highlight and enlighten those blind to these issues as well as to help others on the same path realise they are not alone.
I attend regular open mics including Another Folk and Poetry Night at the Baum in Rochdale and Write out Loud Open mic at The Ring O Bells in Middleton. I have performed my poetry at various festivals including Scribble Festival, Rochdale Literacy and Ideas Festival and Manchester Literacy Festival.
I have a number of small publications under my belt also and have won a few writing competitions.
I am part of two writing groups, Darnhill Scribblers and Langley Writers whom both have monthly meetings.
Apart from the poetry the biggest part of my life is my two children. I have a daughter called Ashleigh, who is already following in my footsteps with poetry, she has been published and performed at open mics and festivals. I have a son Jake, Jake is very clever with computers and programming. He is autistic and enjoys fencing. Both myself and Jake have hyper mobility syndrome which debilitating at times and painful. I also have fibromygelia. I am happily married to my husband Richard Haigh. And I am lucky to have a Mum whose my best friend and a family which support and care for me every step of the way.
I now have a pen Name, so any new posts on my blog will be under the name Autumn Willow.