Lynne Hjelmgaard

Lynne Hjelmgaard was born in New York City and lives in London. She taught Creative Art for children in various schools and institutions before she started writing poetry. She left the States in 1990 for the second time and has been living permanently in the UK since 2011. As a result of crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat with her husband she wrote the poems that were collected in Manhattan Sonnets (Redbeck Press, 2003) and was later released in CD format. After her husband died in 2006, she received a residency grant for the Danish Academy in Rome where she wrote poems that later appeared in her second collection The Ring (Shearsman Books, 2011). Her third poetry collection, A Boat Called Annalise, was published by Seren in 2016 and accounts for the journey Lynne took with her husband by boat across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and Europe.  Her new collection A Second Whisper is available now. 


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Author Events

Monday 11th November, 19:00

Join us at The Poetry Cafe in London for the official launch of Jim Neat by Mary J. Oliver and A Second Whisper by Lynne Hjelmgaard.  An evening of readings from both new books, followed by a Q & A chaired by Amy Wack.  More details coming soon.   About the books Jim Neat is an unusual and striking coalescing of prose, poetry, found documents and photographs. It ranges across the history of 20th century England and Canada as she uncovers the life of her father, Jim Neat (b. 1904). She adopts a legal structure, making ‘the case’ for the worth of Jim’s life in a fascinating memoir of a...

Saturday 2nd November, 19:00

Mary J. Oliver and Lynne Hjelmgaard read from their new books Jim Neat and A Second Whisper at Broc Mor shop in Aberystwyth. They will be joined by local poet Chris Armstrong reading from his collection Mostly Welsh.