Nan Dalton was born in Essex and moved to Devon in 1962. She has written poetry since 1983 and was first published in the Western Morning News (1987), Otter, new Devon poetry and The Common Thread, Mandarin (1989). She read as ‘Poet of the Week’ on BBC Bristol & West (1990).
Attending the Arvon Foundation Poetry Course at Sheepwash, North Devon, led to the publication of Beachcombing (1993) and Gleaning the Seasons (1996). ‘Writing for Performance’ at Arvon Lumb Bank, Yorkshire, inspired readings with friends at local libraries and clubs.
Prize winning continued at the Library of Avalon (1994), Teignmouth Arts Festival (1996) which led to the formation of ‘Quintessential’ with Ian Maun, Claire Freer and Margo Aldridge, reading at Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Torbay libraries and at ‘Ways with Words’ (with Stephen Lloyd) at Dartington (1998).
Prizes also at Ottakar’s ‘Poetry Day’ (2001) and ‘Poems by Post No. 5’, Torbay Library Services and the Acumen Literary Journal (2004). Her first novel Tansy won the Peninsular Prize for fiction held by the Westren Morning News and Halsgrove (2002). Tansy’s Moor (2005) and the Ammil Child (2011) followed, published by Perry Meadow Press, who also published a collection of poetry A Trick of the Light (2003) re-published as Collected Poems 2013.
(Author information from ‘A Trick of the Light’)