Jill so happy to be the girl in the win­dow

It is a charm­ing book of quite beau­ti­ful and very mov­ing po­ems which will touch your heart ... and the Suf­folk au­thor is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all. Derek James opens the pages of The Girl in the Win­dow.

Let's Talk - - SURNAMES -

The book of po­ems came through the let­ter­box and hit the floor. I opened the en­ve­lope and started to flick through the pages ... an hour later I put it down.

It was one of the most de­light­ful po­etry books I have ever read and it has been writ­ten by Jill Wil­lens of East Bergholt, who is 83-year­sold and has a won­der­ful way with words.

She can be so proud of her first book and she says: “His­tor­i­cally we have had some good po­ets to re­mind our­selves of ev­ery­day life, feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences. But I hope my lit­tle book might be en­joyed by some who thought they would never like po­etry.

“I par­tic­u­larly feel po­etry should be ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one; the lan­guage not too ob­scure. I think it’s nice if the reader can say ‘oh yes, that’s just how I felt’ or that ‘brings back mem­o­ries’,” says Jill. Her book cer­tainly does that. So how did it come about? “Po­etry has al­ways been my hobby. My chil­dren en­cour­aged me to think about com­pil­ing my po­ems as a me­mento for the fam­ily. The idea quickly es­ca­lated into a proper book,” she adds.

“My hus­band is 91 and I felt I didn’t have time to ap­proach end­less edi­tors for pub­li­ca­tion so de­cided to self-pub­lish. There was a lot of back and forth with the scripts as I was my own metic­u­lous proof reader and also try­ing to un­der­stand print­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion,” ex­plains Jill.

She grew up in Wood­ford Green and was five when the war started.

“I can re­mem­ber wait­ing for con­voys to pass be­fore we could

cross the road to school and pick­ing up shrap­nel to com­pare with the other kids.

“I had no idea what it was all about until one day a stray bomb just missed a lo­cal school and I saw my fa­ther cry­ing with re­lief when he re­alised we were safe,” she re­calls.

In the 1950s Jill, her hus­band, and her fam­ily moved to New Zealand where her love of writ­ing and po­etry blos­somed and she joined a cre­ative writ­ing class.

She wrote quite a few po­ems in­spired by her young chil­dren and New Zealand but al­ways hoped that one day she would re­turn to Eng­land ... and in 1966 they did just that and moved to Suf­folk.

“Since re­turn­ing to Eng­land the beauty of na­ture and land­scape has con­tin­ued to be so in­spir­ing but, of course, also rem­i­nisc­ing and con­tem­plat­ing on sit­u­a­tions of ev­ery­day life, feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences,” adds Jill.

Her book of­fers more than 100 po­ems ar­ranged in nine themed sec­tions in­clud­ing na­ture, chil­dren, life, countryside, hu­mour, re­flec­tions, leg­ends, fan­tasy and fam­ily. There are also some de­light­ful lit­tle il­lus­tra­tions.

Re­flect­ing on ev­ery­day life and ex­pe­ri­ences it will make you smile, rem­i­nisce, ap­pre­ci­ate and con­tem­plate life.

Now, where did I get to in the book ...

The Girl in the Win­dow by Jill Nina Wil­lens costs £ 8.99 and is avail­able from Jill at jill­wil­lens34@ gmail.com or on­line from Ama­zon, Water­stones, Foyles, Book De­pos­i­tory and Read­ings.

Jill Wil­lens, au­thor of a book of po­ems, The Girl in the Win­dow.

Jill Wil­lens with her book The Girl in the Win­dow.

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