Angela Locke is a writer, poet and Creative Writing tutor, living and working in the beautiful lakes and mountains of the English Lake District. Her books include On Juniper Mountain (2010), Dreams of the Blue Poppy (2007), Search Dog (1987), Sam & Co (1989), Hearing Dog (1997) and collections of poetry, including Sacred Earth, North Face, Into The Lotus and Walls at the World’s End, and her latest, Whale Language: Songs of Iona (2011), a collection celebrating the sacred island of Iona. She also wrote Mr Mullett Owns A Cloud (2006), a children’s book which was republished recently. Angela was a Poet-in-Residence on Hadrian’s Wall for the Writing on the Wall project, the book of which features all the poets from the Hadrian’s Wall Writing Residency.
As well as being a poet and novelist, Angela is also a journalist, broadcasting widely on television and radio. For more than ten years she was a popular feature writer and Walking columnist for Cumbria Life, and still writes occasionally both for Cumbria Life and Cumbria magazine as well as other magazines and newspapers.
As a Writing tutor she leads Creative Writing Workshops across Cumbria and the wider UK in hospitals, schools and in the community. Giving something back is important, as is facilitating creativity and enabling the flowering of the imagination.
Angela holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Northumbria, and is a highly qualified teacher. She has also been the Creative Writing Tutor for Mungrisdale Writers Group since founding it with local writers in 1998. The writers meet regularly at the Mungrisdale Village Hall, which rests in a valley in the Northern fells beyond Keswick.
Every year Angela leads a very popular writing retreat on magical Iona – a sacred island which is one of the Inner Hebrides off the island of Mull in Scotland.
Angela is also President of the Juniper Trust, an international charity she founded with a group of mountaineers and concerned professionals in 1994 to enable sustainable, community-based partnerships in the developing world, especially in mountain areas, and to learn from their culture and wisdom, each giving to each. Juniper Trust builds schools, enables health projects and supports teacher training and community initiatives. Its patron is Sir Chris Bonington.
The founding of Juniper Trust was one of the subjects of Angela’s last book, ‘On Juniper Mountain’, a travel book about her journey in the Himalayas published by O-Books in 2010.
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