Cherrie lives in West Sussex. The coast and seashore are important parts of her life. She was told that some of her first words were written in the sand! She has enjoyed writing stories and poetry since childhood.
In 2012 she studied Creative Writing with the Open University. She has won prizes for her poetry and short stories and her work has been published in magazines and anthologies.
'Stepping on Shadows' is her first collection, published on 1st May 2021.
Stepping on Shadows by Cherrie Taylor
What the poets say:
“Stepping on Shadows showcases a wealth of skills in poems alert to the many textures of experience and loss. It features both quietly devastating pieces and others that brim with imaginative flair and spiky humour. Whether considering the ways the objects in a drawer summon an absent parent or delighting in the possibilities suggested by barnacles and hermit crabs, this intimate gathering satisfies both head and heart.”
— John McCullogh
Poet; Author of ‘Reckless Paper Birds’ (Winner of the 2020 Hawthornden Prize for Literature,
“This is a textured and varied collection. Cherrie Taylor has a poet’s eye for detail and the ability to evoke scenes and memories that may be personal in content but are tangible to others. There is an immediacy about the writing and a skill for story-telling. Many poems are hard hitting and relevant to the modern world. The sequence ‘The House of Torn Souls' is particularly strong. There is much to enjoy in 'Stepping on Shadows’ but the quality that most appeals to me is the humorous slant, the quirky, sidewise way of
looking at things.”
— Mandy Pannett
Mandy Pannett is a widely published author of poetry and short fiction
"Elegiac in tone yet a joy to read, Cherrie Taylor’s new collection, Stepping on Shadows’ takes the reader on a tender journey through the battlefield of life. In ‘Opening the Secret Drawer’ she scans one woman’s lifetime, ending with a poignant line, ‘A silver vanity mirror — cracked.’ All of the poems deserve a place in this collection, each one contributing to the whole in its own unique way. A true feast for the eye and the heart."
— Raine Geoghehan
Poet, Playwright and Performance Coach. Nominee for Forward Prize 2019,
Nominee for Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net (2018)
What the readers say: Go to Cherrie's own website https://cherrie84.wixsite.com/website to read the comments of readers of 'Stepping on Shadows': here are a few of them:
"Cherrie’s poems are varied and wide-ranging in form and content. She can perfectly encapsulate a homely scene, then with a flick of the last line, set the poem off on a different path. Many of these poems linger long after they end, sending the reader on an imaginative journey of their own." -- Rose Bray (Steyning)
"I thoroughly enjoyed 'Stepping on Shadows' - a deeply personal, moving and, at times tongue in cheek selection of poetry." — Andy Davies (Arundel)
"Reading through this anthology, I was struck by the sheer diversity and range of Cherrie Taylor's themes and by the moods she invokes. Expect the unexpected." -- Cosmo Goldsmith (West Sussex)
Read more readers' reviews here
Cover photo: ‘Big Sky’ by Jake Olson Studios (500px.com)
Paperback, 14.8 x 21cm 68 pages
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