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Simone Mansell Broome

The good thing about the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 is that Simone has reclaimed much more of her time for writing from her life on the family’s small organic farm, (where guests came pre-pandemic to glamp, camp, attend workshops, eat great food and, sometimes, get married).

This last year she has written more poetry, been involved in a collaboration with an M.A. student at the University of Bucharest on the translation of 50 of Simone’s earlier poems, written commissioned pieces for ITV Sport and written a blog about life in West Wales during the pandemic – which she has just published (Nov ’22) as a book ‘Pause – 12 months of going Nowhere’.

She has also written and published her first children’s book ‘Valletta and the Year of Changes’.

children’s book By Simone Mansell broome

Valletta and the Year of Changes

For Valletta Stowaway, (a fiery busy little mouse who speaks her mind), it’s an extremely dangerous and difficult year.

But surprisingly, extraordinary and good things happen too…

Simone’s first children’s book – the adventures of the Stowaway mouse family and their lives during lockdown.

‘Valletta and the Year of Changes’ by Simone Mansell Broome is a chapter book with beautiful illustrations that follows a fiery little mouse called Valletta Stowaway and her family. The first thing that struck me was the lovely illustrations by Cerys Susannah Rees, on the cover and of the family tree. I think that young readers will find them enchanting.

The story flows well, we see the Stowaway clan have to come to terms with the lockdown, as the humans do above the floorboards of 46 Spring Blossom Road. Focusing on positivity, kindness and family support this book covers a lot of the feelings I’m sure lots of young readers would have been feeling during the initial stages of lockdown, from a lack of certainty to cabin fever and frustration about not being able to go on holiday. I like the Stowaway song that’s repeated throughout the story and I could see younger readers joining in with it throughout.

A very relevant picture book to the events of the past 18 months or so but with larger messages about family support and community. With entertaining characters and lovely illustrations, I see this book having a wide appeal.’

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Other Books

Pause-12 months of going nowhere

Adapted from the blog, locklites.co.uk, written in 2020 and 2021, about life on a smallholding and wedding business in rural West Wales.

Getting Off Lightly

A e-book collection of 17 performance poems which are meant to be read aloud. Two have been published in Simone’s earlier books. Several have darker themes, but humour is a thread linking many of them.

Cardiff Bay Lunch

Full length collection of Poems

“these are lived-in, unblinkered poems of great insight, range and skill… there’s real energy here matched by a dark laugh-out loud humour and above all – they’re readable”

Juice of the Lemon

Poems of Earth : Air : Water

“These are finely observed poems, verses we can all identify with and enjoy… poems to make you think and laugh”


..she observes life around her, and approaches subjects from an oblique angle to show us things we haven’t seen. She is concerned about how we live now, in the ‘justfornowplace’, and the people from her past and present who are her landscape

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Early 2023

Refrains for Ukraine

Poem-a-thon in Penboyr at Veganishmum’s

Friday 10th February from 6PM Poetry in the roundhouse to raise money for Veganishmum’s 4th trip to the Ukraine.

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Poemathon in Penboyr

Poemathon in Penboyr

Refrains for the Ukraine. On Friday 10th February, from 6p.m., I’ll be holding a fundraising poetry event in the roundhouse at the home and premises of Veganishmum in Penboyr, nr. Drefach-Felindre, Carmarthenshire. Jayne Holland, (Veganishmum), is running a...

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Applause and appeal

Applause and appeal

This isn’t directly about my writing. Many of us are overwhelmed in the face of huge global problems. It’s easier to despair than to do something. There are some folk who just get in there, start somewhere and try to make a bad situation better. Two of these folk are...

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I have a hare on the sitting room wall. It’s painted by Cerys – that’s Cerys Susannah Rees, who’s an amazingly talented artist and who lives in Carmarthenshire, like me, but at the other end of it, near Llandeilo. Happy happenstance drew me to her nearly two years ago...

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