"At once painterly and musical, Frances Sackett's poetic language explores the dynamic interior world of art and the artist, sitter and the witnessing self. Her powerful, sparing idiom focuses with fine exactitude on sensuous detail, in a testament which uniquely mingles empathy and compassion with the probings of a forensic intelligence. The Hand Glass is a versatile and many-angled mirror, reflecting the slant view and the mutability of light; an attesting and original first collection"
Frances Sackett was born in Chirk, Clwyd, raised in north Wales, and educated at the University of Manchester, where she has recently completed a degree in Literature with emphasis on medieval and Anglo-Saxon studies. Her prize-winning poems have been published in many journals. She is married with two daughters and lives in Marple, Stockport, where she works in a bookshop.