My Stepmother Tried to Kill Me
Published by Burning Eye Books
My Stepmother Tried to Kill Me is to poetry what Bridget Jones Diary is to fiction. Thommie Gillow tells the truth about modern womanhood. Boyfriends are frequently disastrous, motherhood plays havoc with your body, your stepmother most probably does want to kill you and it is hard to know when you start to go grey in your thirties whether dying your hair is vain or an anti-feminist betrayal.
Thommie Gillow spent her early years in Bath where she discovered a love of poetry, but it was not until her family relocated to the North East that Thommie grew old enough to have her heart broken by many of the men who have influenced the poetry in this book. She lived and worked in several countries before settling down to become an English lecturer back in the South West. A single mum to one daughter, Thommie has a Masters in Creative Writing from Cardiff University and has twice been shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize