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Trisha Broomfield lived in Australia as a child and now lives with her husband in Surrey.
She writes poetry, short stories and unfinished crime novels. Her early influences include Thomas Hardy, Ted Hughes and the Liverpool Poets. Some of her poems have been published in the Welsh Literary magazine Roundyhouse.
Her first collection of poems, ‘The Equator and Other Disappointments’ was published by Dempsey & Windle in 2016 and her second, 'Husbands for Breakfast', came out in July 2018. A third collection of poetry, "When Peter Sellars Came to Tea" was published by Dempsey & Windle in October 2019. Trisha is also preparing a collection of her short stories for publication.
When Peter Sellars Came to Tea
'This is a collection of charming vignettes. Its starting place is a childhood in the 1960s. The poems are packed full of details that evoke a lost time, from Ponds Cold Cream to Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney Pie. They teem with vivid characters and events. There is humour throughout but also pathos. For beneath the surface of each story lies truths about the human condition that transcends time, thereby making the subject matter relevant to us all. So, we have childhood jaunts, adolescent love and first jobs. Inevitably, the carefreeness of youth gives way to more grown up themes of broken hearts and death. These later poems are written with tenderness and sensitivity, using more inference and abstraction as suits the serious subject matter; again, we are invited to mine beneath the poem for meaning. This makes for a collection that entertains but also provokes thought. It is a delightful, rich and sophisticated anthology.'
— Fiona Sinclair
Trisha Broomfield’s short collection is drenched in memories in which characters from her childhood and adulthood vividly portray her life experiences in a humorous yet compelling way. She engages the reader in a journey that chronologically traces family events and occasional encounters, highlighting their contingency but also their importance in shaping her personality and in making her aware of the world around her...
— Carla Scarano (Read the whole review online at WriteOutLoud.net here:
210 x 160mm
Other Books by Trisha Broomfield
THE EQUATOR AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS
The Equator and other Disappointments
15.24 wide x 22.86 tall
In this, Trisha Broomfield's first collection of poetry, she explores early memories of travelling to Australia and back, school, friends and teenage relationships, and more recent experiences, her own and others'. Her 'disappointment' with the Equator makes this book no less of a delightful read as we follow her occasionally sardonic synopsis of childhood, youth and adult relationships.
The Equator and other Disappointments
From 'The Equator and other Disappointments' (2017)
They told me if I watched the water as we crossed the Equator It would
flow the opposite way
down the plughole but it didn’.t.
They told me if I was good when I had my tonsils out I could have ice cream
but they brought me junket.
Have you any idea how that tastes?
They told me if I ate the skin from the fish
I would be brainy.
They told me if I ate all the crusts from my toast I would have curly hair
and if I finished my supper
there would be no starving children in the world.
From 'Husbands for Breakfast' (2018)
Behind the woodshed
they grew each other up
from first fumblings,
retreat, advance, repeat,
softness and solidity
ignorance and innocence,
they flowed like the tides,
the moon pulling their strings
teaching them things
they knew inside
until one day
they had to get married.
HUSBANDS FOR BREAKFAST