Lorna Dowell first started publishing her work in 1999, since when her poetry and prose have appeared in a variety of journals, including Ambit, Acumen, Iota, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, Poetry Nottingham, Seam, Smiths Knoll, Soundings, Tears in the Fence, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, The New Writer and Under the Radar.
In 2000, she was appointed Mole Valley Poet Laureate, a post she held for 3 years and helped to develop, both during and after her tenure. During this time she initiated numerous poetry-writing and reading projects in schools, libraries, parks and healthcare settings. She then went on to create an out-of-school poetry club for promising young writers and, with business sponsorship, was their writer-in-residence for over a year.
Since then, amongst many other activities, she has worked with the National Trust on the Surrey Hills Inspiring Views project and for Surrey County Council on Re-Awakening Memories - part of a BBC nationwide story-telling and recording project about World War ll. She's also worked extensively with education officers at Gatton Park (Surrey) on workshops which incorporate creative writing into environmental education (for schools) and by developing
activity packs for family fun days.
She is currently piloting one-to-one and group writing sessions in a local hospice.
Crossing the Ellipsis, HappenStance, 2011