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The Real Woman Behind The Vixen Of Verse...

Back in 1985 I fled my marital home with my 2  sons following 2 years of domestic violence.

In 1998 my younger son, Evan Kenneth Paul Crossley died from a heroin overdose.

I am a British Army Veteran of the Northern Ireland Conflict.

I have lived and worked in Spain and speak the language fairly well. I still translate business letters for a friend. Sometimes I even write poetry in Spanish, see Poesía Española for details.

On 09/04/2020 I will be 65. I was born in 1955 so I am one of the Waspi Women who have been robbed of their pensions, what will be 6 years when I get mine at 66.

I am riddled with osteoarthritis and have been in a lot of pain for the last 19 years. I have had 2 new knee replacements which has helped tremendously. Now, I pace myself-most of the time and have found different ways of controlling the pain.

Yesterday on 01/04/2020 I began my NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) or GloPoWriMo (Global Poetry Writing Month) which is the month of April dedicated to writing a poem every day in April with NaPo/GloMo prompts or not!

Please read my first poem called: Like a Virus. More will follow throughout April.


This is a site I was asked to join late in April. It is now mid July and I continue to write a haiku a day, sometimes more than one. It concentrates the mind and helps with focus.


To keep my mind occupied during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, I have kept writing poetry and have tentatively returned to spoken word gigs which are now on the Zoom Platform.

SPEAK-EASY and WRITE & RELEASE have been very friendly, encouraging places, for me to regain my confidence.


I have been running the Oldham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club on Zoom. It is nice to be in touch with some of the more tech-savvy amongst us.


I continue to attend workshops at both Oldham Writing Café and Oldham Writing Group. I have also contributed a blog post to OWG’s website and contribute ad hoc blog posts to OWC’s FaceBook Page.


During the Covid-19 Pandemic I have stayed in for 12 weeks. Then I have been to Asda shopping once and been out for a walk once. I don’t want to go out unless I have to. I feel people are not taking this virus seriously enough. Tomorrow, 4th July we are on the next stage of coming out of lockdown with pubs, restaurants and cafes opening. I will be staying home!

©The Vixen of Verse, 2020

Carolyn Crossley – The Real Vixen of Verse!