Limehaven: Poems for my grandparents

Limehaven: Poems for my grandparents

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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"Joyous... There is a gorgeous childlike voice to these poems...” (Robin Houghton, Envoi)

This evocative poetry collection celebrates the bond between young and old, capturing time spent together and wonders shared. Inspired by childhood memories of her grandparents, Vicky Arthurs' vivid poems explore themes of love, war, nature and innocence. Some poems are seen through the eyes of a child, while others are remembrances and reimaginings of her grandparents' lives. Written with warmth and charm, this poetic family memoir pays tribute to a generation who lived through two World Wars. The book includes delightful title illustrations by British printmaker Kate Heiss.

More praise for Limehaven:

“It’s the best debut collection I’ve read in ages. This delightful, nostalgic book is a love letter to Vicky’s grandparents. The poems are clever and beautiful…” (Elaine Cusack, Culture, The Journal)

"Powerful, emotive and personal" (Living North)

“…the language is simple, there is an immediacy here, a freshness… It illustrates Arthurs’ gift for tenderness, which is so powerfully demonstrated in this collection.” (Paul Blake, Brittle Star)

“With its lyrical form, the poetry is inspired by childhood memory… beautifully presented…” (Mslexia: Indie Presses)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912340002
Publisher: Cedarbird
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Vicky Arthurs is a writer, editor and performer. She is inspired by nature and creates poetry that celebrates everyday life. Her first book of poems, Limehaven, draws on childhood memories of her grandparents: life's small details captured with love. She performs at festivals and events and has recorded Limehaven as an audiobook. Vicky has worked in television, training and publishing. She ran her own business in the personal development sector for ten years and enjoys helping people unlock their creative talents.

Kate Heiss graduated from the Royal College of Art in Textile Design in 1997 and worked as a textile designer for several major fashion brands. In 2011, Kate set up her own printmaking studio after studying at the Curwen Studio. Kate's linocuts are inspired by her love of nature.

Table of Contents



Part I - Before

Courting Mabel

Two wars, two sons

Milk and moonshine

Part II - Indoors


Eating her up

My grandfather is a country


The fall of the monarchy on a Monday afternoon

Hunting for winks

The visitor

Patient pursuits

Determining the weather

Powder puff

You knit the ocean

What’s in a name

Thanks be to TV


Company II

Sleeping with ghosts


Nick and the beanstalk

The song of the knife

Eager for Easter

Part III - Outdoors


May bells in the borderlands

Little blighter





Tortoise wars

On top of the willow


Hear no evil

Hook, line and sinker

Requiem for a fish

Part IV - After

He broke his heart like Jesus

Life cycle

She crochets the stars

Leaving Limehaven


Photo of May and Charles Austin


About the author

About the illustrator

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