About Me - Diana Leighton

My wonderful ladyshed

Hi Everyone

This is my ladyshed built in a week - well a couple of weeks purely for me to write in and to sew and paint in. It is also the cat house but not the doghouse!! I love this place at the bottom of my garden. It let's me breathe.......
                 I started writing poetry many years ago as a form of therapy while I was nursing my Mother with her Lymphoma cancer and then shortly after she had died I discovered my husband also had a terminal cancer. He went into remission but has recently come out of remission and is pre- treatment. 
               I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing until I started a creative writing course with the Open University. It is a brilliant course and I passed them with flying colours. Although it teaches you how to write and understand poetry it is also fun and I finally found my forte! I was originally looking forward to getting my work published but decided to share my poetry on the web instead.  I hope my poetry inspires others to have a go. If you would like to send me poetry to read or critique please do. I have now been published in three books and am working on a third book of my own poetry. I recently won a National Poetry Competition so will also have some work published in the prize winning anthology which will be placed in the British Library.
  I am now learning Children's Book Illustration on a diploma course so that I can publish my childrens poems and stories with my own drawings.

             My poetry covers many subjects but my first love is nature. I like to write about nature and the Somerset Levels and the early morning mists in Autumn when the starlings are here. But then I also like to write about the human condition. Poetry seems to be the best vehicle for this sometimes doesn't it?
I hope you enjoy my site if you think it needs anything else please make suggestions. Please leave comments as I would love to hear what you think about my writing.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Diana,
    You've created a great site here. I'm going to try and do the same at 'The Writing Shed'. If you've any tips that would be great.
    Love to you and Jon.