Nocturnal Sunrise
Alison Strange-Green

Alison Strange-Green


Alison Strange–Green was born during the 1970s in the sleepy coal mining community of Caerphilly, South Wales. Her early childhood memories mostly consist of life in the nearby village of Ystrad Mynach, where she attended the local girl’s school, until her family uprooted and moved to nearby Blackwood. Being an only child and finding it hard to adjust, she led a solitary existence initially, spending hours absorbed in her own imagination and thoughts. During this time she first explored her unique creative nature. Slowly gaining confidence she made friends with ease, although still a very introspective and shy creature.

An above average student at school, she provided more enthusiasm than talent in most subjects. It was only during her later years that the emphasis of education was realised, resulting in many academic achievements during her 20s. Unfortunately, a complex neurological condition was then diagnosed and work seemed unlikely. This however only excelled Alison’s thirst for knowledge. Longing for the acceptance of her peers she moved out of the family home in the late 80’s, only to return a few years later more confident and self-adjusted. Her more creative nature was in full flow, as was the poetry and short stories she had begun to write.

During the winter of 1993 she made a life changing decision. Without warning she moved to Wigan, Lancashire at the tender age of 23, where she continued her combined Honours Degree in Sociology, Psychology and Forensic Psychology at UCLAN . She also established and managed a mental health unit for several years, which was both inspiring and rewarding.

As quickly as she arrived she left Lancashire. Even after 15 years she yearned to return to her native Wales. Wales often being the inspiration for many verses. Soon after returning home she married for the first time and is now happily surrounded by her family, husband Michael, Alexander 6 years and Isabella 10 months in Newport, South Wales. Alison’s creative streak shines throughout “Nocturnal Sunrise” displaying her own thoughts and imagination laid bare.