Poems which take you on the author’s journey as she explores love, loss and the “awakening” of a different understanding of life.
A Life in Love: An Autobiography in Poetry is a short anthology of poems. Author Lesley Atkins lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She has been writing poetry for thirty years and has been published in a number of journals and booklets.
Lesley has worked as a teacher of English for many years, and through this has been active in both teaching and representing the rights of young asylum seeker people in schools. Working with refugee pupils taught her more about the value and enrichment of cultural diversity than any other professional experience. Currently, she is an education officer for international education and works closely with the British Council in Scotland, linking Glasgow schools with schools across the globe. She is a great believer in the wisdom of Gandhi’s words about the necessity of our society to achieve that “unity in diversity” which is both the “beauty” and the “challenge” of our civilization.
Lesley has travelled widely, both through her work and in her personal life, and much of the inspiration for her poetry has come from thoughts and reflections on different cultures and the “east/west” split.
Love and its place in our personal and collective lives has been a central issue in her life, inspiring her not only to write but to become politically active in the hope that together, through collective action, we can achieve the more just and compassionate society that has been the dream and hope of humanitarian people across the globe.