Author: Sylvia Oldroyd
Sylvia Oldroyd was born in Hull, Yorkshire, but started moving south
at the age of 8, and spent her growing-up years in the Midlands.
Visits during these years to the West Riding and to the Lake District,
where there were family connections, gave her an early experience
of different landscapes and dialects, developing her fascination with words.
love of literature and her mother’s talent for the piano meant that
language and lyricism were always present in her background. At school
she was influenced by the poetry of Keats and Wordsworth, Gerald
Manley Hopkins, and the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson.
Sylvia’s only poetic success in these years was winning a class
competition at the age of ten, with a poem about her dog. It was the only
triumph she achieved at Junior School! She trained as a primary school
teacher in Nottingham, and worked there for some years, later moving to
Pirbright in Surrey. During this time she tried writing in a variety of
different fields: stories for children and adults, articles; but eventually
poetry took over. On moving to work in Southampton she began writing poetry
seriously, and joined a workshop group, where she met her husband, another
poet. After marriage she moved again, to the edge of the New Forest; another
contrasting landscape to those of he origins, which led to a pamphlet collection
A New Forest Calendar (2002).
The natural world has always been a potent source of ideas for Sylvia,
but her work extends to cover anything that strikes a spark: family,
music, travels in Europe, world events, etc. She is currently working on
a series of poems based on her family history.
Publications by Sylvia
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