Ailsa Holland is an award-winning poet, published in several anthologies including The Tree Line (Worple Press, 2017) and The Very Best of 52 (Nine Arches Press, 2015) as well as in print journals such as Nutshell, Under the Radar, Lighthouse; and online by Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, Angle.
Ailsa was Tegg’s Nose Country Park Poet-in-Residence 2014 and she is the founder of the very popular, crowdfunded Library in the Landscape at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, now in its fourth year.
Ailsa was Artist-in-Residence for Barnaby 2016, delivering Backwallgate Books (free urban library) and Hills Up Streets (poems on pavements). She wrote and performed Under Silk Wood with poet Jo Bell at the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield 2014. Ailsa’s solo storytelling performance The Lost Tale of Gawain was a sell-out event in 2013.
Ailsa has been creator/collaborator of several word-art installations, eg Lines of Sight (with TwentySevenb, 2017), Hills Up Streets (2016), Lost Spaces (with TwentySevenb, 2016), The Lost Tale of Gawain (with Jonathan Chadwick, 2013); Woven Poem (Barnaby Festival, 2012).
Ailsa is the Director of Moormaid Press, publishing the second edition of Jo Bell, Navigation (2014); Nell Farrell’s pamphlet, Mermaids and Other Devices (2015); and her own The Lost Tale of Gawain, illustrated by Jonathan Chadwick (2013).
Currently Ailsa is engaged on an Arts Council supported project to write, design and print her own poetry pamphlet. She has a studio at the Print Mill in Macclesfield and will launch the pamphlet in September 2017.