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About Lynda

Lynda Plater was born in Lincolnshire and has lived and worked there most of her life. During the 1970s and 80s she travelled extensively (overland to India in 1976-77) and cycled to Morocco from Scotland in 1981-2. 

She has worked in the NHS most of her working life and was a Physiotherapist at Louth Hospital until her retirement in 2014. 

She has been writing poetry for over 50 years and has had work published in Stand, Ambit, The North and Acumen among others. She has had 2 pamphlets published by Wayleave Press: ‘Three Seasons for Burning’ in 2016 and ‘Saving Fruit’ in February 2020. 

She continues to live and write on the Lincolnshire coastal marsh near Donna Nook.


Accessing Lynda's Work

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Lynda Plater standing in front of bookshelves


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Lynda's Work

The poet reads three poems from her new poetry pamphlet 'Saving Fruit' which was published earlier this year by Wayleave Press, 26 June 2020.

Shepherd Returning

He lay still in his flocks
snowed in by wool and snow
a white dying of the day.
He gathered his will,
saw dykes whitening, sheep
gathering to his skin
and remembered spring
in its green growing
on these hills.

He felt no cold only
a twist in his bones
as the sheep flocked in
his closing lids. He thought
he felt his mother move
in his white wombed ground
and all around the rooks,
coaxed from quivering trees,
encircled in their black.