'A Ghost in my House', Lorna Thorpe's first full-length collection, can be seen as an exploration of identity - of how individuals adopt various personas to mask feeling and to step aside from emotional involvement. The 'ghost' of the title is a 'bad girl' and this book charts her life, birth and death through dance halls, betting shops, bed-sits, broken love affairs and the streets of Brighton. Other ghosts inhabit these poems too - the ghosts of lost loves, of childhood, of music, snatches of which summon the past, and the ghost of the loss of love itself. Assertive, sexy, confrontational, these are poems which pack a punch and which will resonate with the reader for a long time.
Lorna Thorpe was born in Brighton and has worked as a tour operator, social worker and barmaid. She now earns her living from freelance copywriting. As a fiction writer, her short stories have been shortlisted for awards, and appeared in magazines and anthologies. She has also published features in The Guardian. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. In Autumn 2005, Lorna Thorpe's pamphlet 'Dancing to Motown' (Pighog Press) was named the Poetry Book Society's Pamphlet Choice. She has received two writing grants from the Arts Council and is currently working on a novel.'A Ghost in my House' is her first full collection.