Out in the Field — Patricia Helen Wooldridge
Out in the Field immerses us deeply in a compulsion to be outside—here we draw inspiration from landscape, birds, weather; here we step outside ourselves, and allow our perspective to shift…
Drawn into the fields through Patricia Helen Wooldridge’s meticulous observation, our minds breathe alongside the poet’s. Within the spell of these pages we find ourselves in a world with a different notion of time and change. We find ourselves in the moment.
A maven of attention, Wooldridge’s acute reflections make each seasonal shift fresh, each creature and plant precious and beautiful, each encounter with the natural environment unexpected. And, as we open ourselves to this world through these poems, our humanity and passion for this ailing and extraordinary planet can only be enlarged, compelling the reader in turn out into the field.
Patricia Helen Wooldridge lives in Hampshire and is inspired by walking, bird watching and working on her allotment. She studied English Literature at London University and has a doctorate in creative writing. In the past she has taught English in schools and more recently creative writing to undergraduate students. Her work has been placed in a variety of poetry competitions and has appeared in poetry journals and competition anthologies. Most notably she received a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 2013 and in 2016 she was awarded first prize in the Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition. Her collection, Sea Poetics won the Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize in 2017 and her pamphlet, Being won the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Award in 2020. Patricia’s previous collection was Daughter. Out in the Field won the 2022 Cinnamon Literature Award.
Her poem, ‘I Stop Wearing the Mini-skirt, 1972’ was commended in the 2013 National Poetry prize and used to develop a workshop guide by poety, Jane Yeh, for the The Poetry Society.