Lorna Smithers

City of Stone, poetry, Issue 27, June 1, 2013

Birthdate? 19 / 11/ 1981

When did you start writing? I started writing when I was at primary school. However I’ve only been writing poetry seriously for about two years. 

When and what and where did you first get published? In winter 2011 I had a poem called ‘Riversway Dockland,’ which told the story of the docks in the voice of an undine (a water spirit) published in The Dawntreader -- a magazine which specialises in nature and mythology. 

What themes do you like to write about? Nature, my local landscape and its history, British mythology, folk and faery lore. 

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The myths of Ancient Britain found in The Mabinogion and The Four Books of Ancient Britain resonate deeply with me, as does the poetry of the Romantics such as William Blake and Percy Shelley. My biggest contemporary influences are poets drawing on the Bardic Tradition such as Kevan Manwaring, Robin Herne and Charlotte Hussey. Most of my work focuses on creating poetry from the landscape around me. Therefore I engage with the British myths from a local and personal perspective, writing poems that depict encounters with the Otherworld, deities, ancestors and other spirits on the land where I live. 

Lorna Smithers is a poet and Bard living in Penwortham in Lancashire. In 2012 she won the Preston Guild Poetry Competition. Her work has been published in The Dawntreader, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and Myths Inscribed. She performs regularly in the local area, facilitates creative workshops and gives talks on the Bardic Tradition. She is currently Bardic Co-ordinator for the Druid Network, a resident poet at Moon Books and contributor to their Druid Society.