Poignant, elegant and timely, Lizzie Fincham's acute senses and imagistic rhythms give us glimpses beneath the surface of life, to the deeper connections. And always, running through the beauty and the evocation of the natural world, are warnings: 'The woods are turning to smoke'; 'As it always has, the bell tolls'… The delicacy of the poetry belies the magnitude of the themes: the losses and the hope — Contained in Ice contains 'All the small stuff. All the big stuff.'
Lizzie Fincham was born in Gower and married in Wales. She has two daughters. Her poems are published in Cinnamon anthologies, Envoi, New Welsh Review, The North, Poetry Wales, Poems on Hoardings (National Museum of Scotland). She has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Poetry Prize and Highly Commended twice for Poetry on the Lake. She was invited to and encouraged at a Masterclass at Ty Newydd by Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy. Her tutors for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway (for which she received a distinction) were Andrew Motion and Jo Shapcott. Currently she is reading for a PhD in Creative Writing at Swansea University supervised by John Goodby. Her mentor for this collection was Jan Fortune. She thanks all who have supported her on this journey.