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Praise For Pauline

Pauline Plummer has all the virtues of a really talented short story writer. She writes sparely and economically 
but always with a sensitive, precise and resonant tone. Exotic locations like Sierra Leone are an extra bonus, 
but she is equally adept at painting a harrowing picture of someone in a British prison facing a lonely and 
painful future. Her dialogue is spot on and her descriptive writing exact and vivid. She deserves every success.

John Murray, publisher, editor, novelist, author of Booker long-listed Jazz etc.

The author’s acute awareness of and deep sensitivity to complex struggles of the underprivileged, be it in the Third World or amongst Britain’s immigrants and working class, make the stories real, engaging and moving ….A similarly strong impression was made on me by a strong female/family imprint permeating the tales.  The themes of fragmented families, struggling single mothers, childlessness and adoption, lonely women aching for love and companionship are presented with both sensitivity and force

Eliza Anna Falk, Literary Associate, Ambassador Theatre ICC; Reviewer, DCMetroTheaterArts

This volume of poetry is dedicated to Aretha Franklin, and the author certainly knows a thing or two about how soul music gets its power for expressing the most nuanced of emotions in a way that is both simple and affecting. The first poem in the collection, About Grief, is not only a paean to the clout of black soul music, and from whence it came (“Gospel, blues and hymns stored / in DNA”), but also of the power to be found in plain speaking: “Grief doesn’t need words of depth”. It’s a stunning opening piece, and Plummer’s own words of depth, unflowery and clear-eyed, lift this collection to the rafters. Waiting tells of a life spent ticking over (“I’ve waited to see lions on a game reserve, / Waited for menstrual blood, / Waited for a broken home to turn good”) before some sparrows in the garden – living life in the here and now (“They neither pray / Nor wait for answers, nor chase the days”) – open up new wisdoms. All the biggies are tackled – love, loss and death – in a voice that feels judicious and true throughout.

Crack Magazine

Pauline has won a number of prizes and awards over the years, but more recently:

  • Story, ‘Broken Blood’ shortlisted for Bedford Short Story Competition 2020
  • 2nd Prize in the Welsh International Poetry Competition 2019
  • Runner up in Poets and Players, Manchester competition 2019
  • Runner up in Mxlexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2019
  • Short listed in Second Light Poetry Competition 2019
  • 2nd Prize in Autumn Voices Poetry Competition 2018
  • Commended in Fire River Poets 20162nd prize Cafe Writers poetry competition 2010