138 x 216mm


54 pages


£9.50 + P&P UK


ISBN 978-1-912876-40-2


PUB: 17/08/2020










The Impact of Limited Time


Kitty Donnelly




Joint Winner

Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2019



The poems  in this prize-winning collection explore how the past exists alongside the present, from childhood to childbirth and from death to rebirth.


Some of these poems create a voice for those who have not been able to speak for themselves in history (including the housemaid of the baker on Pudding Lane and Pre-Raphaelite muse Lizzie Siddal).


From an invasive hospital procedure to the loneliness of single-parenthood, these narrators find beauty in the moment and within the context of  their limited time.




Off Comers


First the kids lined up outside.

Their silent vigil lasted

and their parents’ eyes

tracked us like searchlights

through the boredom of their summer

when subtlety cracks like a river bed.


Our garden became

an ashtray, a dogs’ toilet.

We woke to eggshells

splayed across the path,


sprayed in fat red lettering.


On the bus, a girl gobbed

in my pigtails,

held a lighter to my coat.

It raged that autumn –

rising with the school-term:

a conflagration of hatred.







So we plough each week

into a furrow of the past.


Do you feel that dull insistence?

That’s time


tugging at your substance

like a thread


spooling from the wheel

then spent.




Kitty Donnelly is an MA student at Manchester Writing School and has degrees in English and Mental Health Nursing. She has worked in mental health services for many years.  


Her poems have been published in magazines and journals including Acumen, Mslexia, Quadrant and The New Welsh Review.


In 2019, she received a Creative Future Award and was commended in the McLellan Poetry Competition.


This, her debut collection. was a joint winner of The Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2019.


Kitty lives in West Yorkshire with  her husband and daughter, terrier Zip and cat Pepper.

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