Featured poet

Pamula Furness

Pamula Furness, (born Pamela Furniss), is a Kettering girl through and through. She has been writing, drawing and creating with many different media for over 50 years, settling on poetry, together with abstract drawing and painting, as her main focus of attention.

She has spent a few years in Northampton, running a shop in which she sold her own tie-dye creations, mainly T. shirts and bedding sets. She then moved to north London, (Crouch End, to be exact), and began by cleaning houses, and ended up a Property Manager for a residential lettings company. During this brief time of 10 years, she successfully ran 17 houses and 3 flats, being involved with everything from placing adverts for vacant rooms, to running the accounts of over 120 people in her ‘care’. Her tenants were her charges, and she assisted them with everything from Housing Benefit claims to relationship and mental health counselling. Those houses were not called ‘Pamula houses’ for no reason!

After returning to Kettering in 2002, she worked as a patisserie shop assistant, estate agent, dinner lady AND had her own pub kitchen for just under two years, where she perfected her many pie and pasty fillings and provided meals from Wednesday to Sunday in the pub itself. She also created a completely new recipe for protein bars, which local weightlifters bought by the bucketload. She also sold her pastries, pies, puddings and cakes on Wellingborough Market.

These days, she Home-schools her 14 year old daughter, and enjoys time working in her garden and on her allotment.

When it comes to inspiration for writing or drawing, she draws on her many experiences in her life, the good, the bad and the downright traumatic. Especially the traumatic, as it has left a rich vein of possible metamorphoses, from violence and terror to compassion, kindness and empathy.

She copies also from Nature, especially clouds, flowers, buds/seeds and root systems. Her intricate patterns hide many different pictures within pictures, and any that are produced in black and white are positively begging to be coloured in. Quite a large number of her drawings are also appreciable from any angle – this means they will never be hung upside-down! Anyone who decides to colour in any of her work should know that doing so is greatly appreciated.


In a Valentine's Day Card

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Legion

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Mother Nature

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Fibro Fun

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Decay (in a limerick)

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Cat Herding

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Extra Weight

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The Fear

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Disappointment

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A (3 part) Limerick

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True Love

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