Publication Day – Sherry & Sparkly

It gives me great pleasure to announce the official release of Sherry & Sparkly published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. I am truly honoured to share the pages with, my friend and mentor, Maureen Cullen.

Sherry & Sparkly – A Poetry Conversation by Maureen Cullen and Patricia M Osborne.

Maureen and Patricia grew up hundreds of miles from each other in different countries of the UK but share common experiences of childhood in the fifties and sixties when ice laced the inside of bedroom windows and corporal punishment was common in schools. They survived to become brides, mothers, career women and technophobes. Sometimes joyous, sometimes painful, these poems are a conversation about love, hope and identity. 

Check out Nigel Kent’s review of Sherry and Sparkly HERE

Cancer hits most of us in one form or another and it is for this reason that Maureen Cullen and I decided to donate proceeds, from limited edition copies brought from us direct, to Cancer Research UK.

Sherry & Sparkly makes a perfect gift and a wonderful keepsake.
Maureen and I have decided to continue the pre-publication price for a while longer so don’t delay – order your copy today.

Order your copy of Sherry & Sparkly HERE and help us raise some money for a worthy cause.

About Maureen Cullen

Maureen was born in West Dunbartonshire and now lives in Argyll and Bute. She is a retired social worker who specialised in fostering and adoption. In 2015, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University where she studied poetry and short fiction. She has been shortlisted in various competitions, including The Fish Short Story Prize and The Bristol Short Story Prize. In 2016, she was published by Nine Arches Press, along with three other poets, in Primers 1. She has poetry published in a range of magazines, including Shooterand The Interpreter’s House. Her current project is a collection of linked short stories based in a fictional town in the West of Scotland.

About Patricia M Osborne

Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. She was born in Liverpool but now lives in West Sussex. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).

Patricia writes novels, poetry and short fiction, and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She has published a family saga trilogy. Her poetry pamphlet Taxus Baccata and The Montefiore Bride were published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020.

She has a successful blog at where she features other writers and poets. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing she enjoys sharing her knowledge acting as a mentor to fellow writers.

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