Joseph Thackwell, my grandfather with Ida, my grandmother, Alma and Cyril (parents), Wendy, Ross (brother and sister). I am the smallest child. The other three women are neighbours.

Diana Brodie's hometown is Christchurch, New Zealand and she was born, the youngest of  three, to a family of mixed English, Scottish and Scandinavian extracton in 1941. Thackwell, her paternal grandfather, an illiterate agricultural labourer living with his family in Oxhill, Warwickshire, emigrated to New Zealand in 1874.  Other brothers moved to Burton on Trent, working in the breweries.  Eighteen months after arriving in New Zealand, John died from injuries sustained in a farm accident.  His sons did not meet their obligation to support their elderly mother, and were later prosecuted and fined for  neglecting this obligation.

A First Collection

From first publication of a poem (in the Poetry School/Enitharmon anthology, Entering the Tapestry) until the publication of GIOTTO'S CIRCLE by Poetry Salzburg on 1st July 2013, was a span of nine years. 


In the meantime

many poems written and read, workshops, courses,  competitions.  Over a huindred p[ublications ans reprints of individual poems in literary magazines such as 'Rialto, Poetry Salzburt Review, Agenda, Poetry News (Poetry Society), Artemis. Interpreter's House, 

 in  several countries, followed by the appearance of my first collection.

A Book in the Making

Early signs weren't good that I would ever have a book published.  Not after the first occasion when I proudly showed my mother my first poem and without reading it, she tore it up in front of me and there was a shower of paper into the bin.  This incident put me off writing poetry for a while (well, for five decades) but I loved reading it and once I began writing, poetry took over.

Giotto's Circle: The Book

24. Mar, 2013
Poetry Salzburg will be publishing my collection of about seventy poems in July 2013.

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18.02 | 20:17

cont. felt we were sharing it with you.
Best wishes and thanks for your poems. Liz

04.11 | 01:10

I love these poems more and more as I read them again and again. For me there are elements of Japanese Haiku in some of her poems. Diana Brodie is so talented.

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