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Lynne Rees

Lynne Rees

Born: June 03 1958 South Wales, United Kingdom
Resides: Kent, England, United Kingdom
E-mail: lynnerees (at) yahoo (dot) com

After leaving Wales in 1978 I lived in the Channel Islands, Florida,Barcelona, England and France and am now back in the south of England where I run an apple orchard with my artist husband. I've worked in domestic and international banking, ran a second-hand and antiquarian bookshop for 12 years, and began teaching creative writing in 2000. I was haibun editor at Simply Haiku during 2008 and 2009, joint editor of The Unseen Wind, British Haiku Society Haibun Anthology 2009, and an adjudicator for the inaugural British Haiku Award 2010.

Awards and Other Honors: MA in Writing, University of Glamorgan, UK (1996); Hawthornden Fellow (2003); Faculty of Humanities Teaching Award, University of Kent, UK (2004).

Books Published: forgiving the rain, haibun memoir (Snapshot Press 2012); another country, haiku poetry from Wales - co-editor with Nigel Jenkins and Ken Jones, (Gomer, 2011); Messages, a volume of collaborative short prose (bluechrome, 2006 & 2008); Learning How to Fall, a collection of poetry (Parthian, 2005); The Oven House, a novel (bluechrome, 2004 & 2007).

Selected Work
again this year
the wind-sown poppies
flower between stones
stone chapel
the bleating of sheep
on a high ridge
market stall
buying the smell
of tomatoes
the sound of the sea
speaking to my mother
on her birthday
all this green forgiving the rain
after her death
watching the rain
meeting the river

Credits: "again this year" - The Haiku Calendar 2010 (Snapshot Press, 2009); "market stall" - The Haiku Calendar 2007 (Snapshot Press, 2008); "all this green" - tinywords ( spring 2008); "stone chapel" - Honourable Mention, R H Blyth Award (2007); "the sound of the sea" - Joint Second Prize; With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2009); "after her death" - Shamrock (Autumn 2007).

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