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On Wings of White

Heather Kilgour Jones

This collection of poems depicts the thoughts of one woman in response to the events, places and people that she loved throughout her life. Often nostalgic and tinged with sadness, Heather's poems reflect human experiences with which we can identify. Of these, the loss of a loved one is perhaps the most poignant, and the death of her husband in 1989 certainly became the source of inspiration for her later poems.

Heather's childhood and education were halted by the war and she left school at fourteen. These poems are evidence of her extraordinary talent for poetic language and rhyme, and that such a talent is perhaps born and not learned.

After Heather's death in 2018, the poems were collated by her daughter and granddaughter into this anthology - to honour her dying wish that one day they would be published, and her memories would live on.

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My mother was born in 1930 and became a war child at the age of nine. In the turbulent years that followed, she was evacuated and received little education, leaving school at the age of fourteen, shortly before the war ended. Always an avid reader, she educated herself in the subjects she loved most: history and poetry. Later in life, she returned to formal education to become a qualified nurse.

Heather resided in Bexhill-on-Sea for over sixty years and loved it there. She had three children: two girls from her first marriage and a son from her second. Well known in Bexhill, she could often be seen walking her big German Shepherd dog through the town, in Egerton Park or on Galley Hill.

After her husband's death in 1989 she lived on her own until her death in 2018. She left her poems to me with a wish to have them published. I feel privileged to honour her wish and I am delighted to be able to share her poetry with others.