Alison Hill


Alison Hill

Alison Hill set up Rhythm & Muse at The Lion pub in Teddington in July 2007. Currently based at the Ram Jam Club in Kingston, R&M has hosted a diverse range of poets, singers, musicians and bands over the past six years. R&M has also run two festivals in partnership with Kingston Writing School and organised events with other local groups and at local theatres and arts centres (Mary Wallace Theatre, the cornerHOUSE, The Landmark etc).

Alison’s poetry has been published in a wide range of magazines including  SOUTH, Orbis, Fire, Ripple, Pulsar, Envoi, 14 Magazine, ArtemisPoetry, Ariadne’s Thread and Obsessed with Pipework and online at Snakeskin and Ink, Sweat and Tears.

Her poem To a Girl on Platform Three (SOUTH 46) was nominated for the 2012 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Alison was Kingston Libraries’ first Poet in Residence (2011/12) and ran a series of events and workshops for adults and children across the seven libraries. She also judged their first poetry competition in 2013.

Anthologies include Poets in Person at The Glassblower (Indigo Dreams, 2014),  This Island City (Spinnaker Press, 2010), And The Story Isn’t Over (poetry pRO, 2009) and poetry tREnD (LIT Verlag, Berlin 2010). Her work has also been translated into German and Romanian via poetry pf projects.

Peppercorn RentA pamphlet, Peppercorn Rent, was published by Flarestack in 2008 and copies are available via

Alison’s first full collection, Slate Rising, was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in April 2014. £7.99 – order via Indigo Dreams or available on Amazon.


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This collection has a poignant, elegiac tone, in spite of its flashes of humour and playfulness. Hill effectively combines a strong sense of moving through history, of a cast of characters ‘falling into their past’.  Maggie Butt

Slate Rising is a rewarding collection to spend time with. There’s steel and depth to the emotion that lies beneath the delicate surface and tender observation of these poems.  Stephen Boyce

A lovely collection: the powerfully emotive poems, calmly presented in careful, elegant diction, are heartfelt and beautiful, using a distinctive, delicate, style and tone, inviting the reader to find their deeper layers of meaning and emotion.  Chris Hardy


Cover image: Aprilia Zank