Valerie Bell

About the Author -

Valerie Bell was born and raised in the former mining village of Trimdon Station, County, Durham, in the North-East of England. She left school at fifteen, and was fortunate in being allowed to go on to further education at Durham Technical College, then to Bretton College of Arts in Yorkshire. On becoming a single mum, she moved back to Trimdon Station, and took various jobs to support her sons, including school kitchen assistant, church organist, waitress and care assistant. She considers having passed her motorcycle test one of her greatest achievements thus far. Now retired, she enjoys baking, gardening, embroidery, reading old-fashioned whodunnits, and creative writing.


Friday marks the end of Valerie Bell’s busy working week. It is a day when she can unwind with a plate of fish and chips and peas, followed by apple pie. In this book of poetry, Valerie celebrates life’s simple pleasures as well as its setbacks; its humour as well as its sadness. There is also a cautionary tale told in the rhyme Santa’s Dilemma which has a moral for us all to ponder on. Santa has been feeling the strain of his great responsibility towards children all over the world. He needs help to get over his grouchy feelings or Christmas will be ruined…