Camilla Lambert lived on the Isle of Wight for over 18 years, but did not begin to write poetry until she retired in 2007. At that point she was seeking a total contrast from the life of a senior NHS manager and has thrived ever since, learning to use different sides of herself and to develop new ways of communicating. Joining Shore Women in 2007 played a big part in this process. Although Camilla moved to Sussex in 2012, she is still very much a part of Shore Women.
She has had poems published in South, Interpreter’s House and Poetry Cornwall, and gained a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University in 2009. She has also been involved in running two writing competitions, the first, ‘Roman Voices’, in 2008, and the second, ‘Island Voices’, in 2009, in celebration of the Poetry Society’s centenary. Her poem Breaking News was highly commended in the 2013 Slipstream competition and her poem Jam was also commended.
With another writing colleague, Ed Matyjaszek, she edited an anthology of poems submitted for ‘Island Voices’, published in 2010.