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14 Jun 2011

Laura Cheshire

My parents tell me that they could not agree on a single boy's name when they were discussing naming the baby, so it's a very good job that I was a girl and they could christen me Laura Michelle Cheshire. I was born in the south east of England, and lived there until I was sixteen, when my mum remarried. I now live in the edge of the peak park near Dovedale, and have found that nature is a strong influence on my more traditional poetry. Music is another huge influence on me, and I play classical cello and piano to a reasonable level. I have recently been writing more free verse exploring emotions, although as a child I spent huge amounts of time writing and talking in rhyme. I am now eighteen and plan to study English Literature at York university next year, with a long-term aim of making a living from poetry and painting. It's a long shot I know, but hey, we have all got to dream.

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