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Deborah Alma

Deborah Alma is a UK poet, editor and teacher. She has worked using poetry with people with dementia, in hospice care, with vulnerable women’s groups and with children in schools and lectured at both Worcester and Keele universities. From 2012 she was the Emergency Poet offering poetry on prescription from her vintage ambulance. She co-founded the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy in Shropshire with her partner the poet James Sheard in 2019.

She is editor of Emergency Poet – an anti-stress poetry anthology, The Everyday Poet, #Me Too – rallying against sexual harassment – a women’s poetry anthology, Ten Poems of Happiness from Candlestick Press and co-edited with Dr Katie Amiel These Are the Hands – Poems from the Heart of the NHS. She is editor of National Trust – Nature Poems published April 2023. Her first full collection Dirty Laundry is published by Nine Arches Press.