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The Tortoise of Hope

The Tortoise of Hope

Alison Huckvale

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The Tortoise of Hope by Alison Huckvale is a collection of verses and poetry whereby carrying the whole world on her back encompasses everything from pigs kissing to naked space-hoppers. Alison gives thought and feeling to inanimate objects i.e. crisp packets whilst resonating with the voices that accompany complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She offers the most accurate and imaginative way for readers to truly understand the effect of the disorder. The use of tortoises (any other animals) throughout is interesting, introducing a common theme which is an unusual subject for any collection of poetry.

Bold and curious, Alison's words animate pansies, canyons and condors, dancing between childhood toys and stories of mental health recovery. If you hope to find hope, you can uncross your fingers, sit back and enjoy the read!
- Mellow Baku, Artist Facilitator

Congratulations to Alison for this courageous look at mental health and recovery transforming her personal challenges through the alchemy of poetry. Here's to the tortoise and journey's everywhere; long may we and they continue.
- Lydia Towsey

A showing and revealing of inner and outside resources for establishing identity and dignity, alongside celebrations of nature and chocolate biscuits. I was cheered by the piece of you looking in the mirror and showing that we are (one of) our own helpers.
- John Hagley


ISBN : 978-1-78830-915-8

Published: 25/03/2021

Pages : 117

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Alison Huckvale

Alison Huckvale can usually be found planning a football training session for her own team, watching football on TV or sat in the King Power Stadium supporting Leicester City. However, writing a poetry book was always top of her to do list. She also enjoys painting and crafting. She is twenty years married to David with two very determined daughters Olivia and Holly-Mae. Bella, the family schnoddle keeps everyone on their toes, unlike ‘Fred' the pet tortoise owned forty years earlier in childhood. Despite the recent sale of her beloved Camper Van, named Charlie, who spent more time hoping for travel, than travelling, Alison and her family plan to explore as many places as possible regardless of their disabilities. Who knows, one day that could even be to the beautiful Outer Hebrides she fleetingly visited for inspiration in her writing.

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