Born in 1897, Ruth Pitter was the first woman to win the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. For decades she commanded a huge and loyal readership. In the 1960s, when she regularly appeared on BBC2's Brains Trust, she became well-known as a modestly distinctive TV personality. She died in 1991. This chapbook selection includes some of her most memorable poems, as well as a small number of lyrics not previously published.