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Lancaster musician releases debut poetry book

A popular Lancaster musician has unveiled her latest creative pursuit – a book of poems.

Alice Ashcroft's debut book of poems is called ‘Break The Cycle.’

Alice, who is a popular local musical voice on Beyond Radio, released the acclaimed album ‘Falling or Rising’ in 2021, but has been on a hiatus from the scene recently after the birth of her first child.

Now, she returns with a poignant collection of poems that has captured the hearts of readers, propelling the book to the top ranks of Amazon's contemporary art and poetry anthologies charts.

‘Break The Cycle’ offers a deeply moving commentary on the relentless pursuit of diagnoses, academic success, and self-acceptance, particularly resonating with neurodivergent individuals.

"This was something I wrote after a really hard few months. My instruments have been at my parents' house since we needed our second bedroom as a nursery, so this was how I sat down to process the thoughts I was having,’’ said Alice.

‘’This book saved me, and it's really scary putting it out into the world, but I'm so glad I have."

‘’My transition from music to poetry demonstrates an unwavering commitment to creative expression and a dedication to sharing stories that resonate deeply with readers.’’

You can purchase the book by searching for it on Amazon.

Alice Ashcroft is a local musician based in Lancaster, with a background in music and a passion for storytelling, Her work explores themes of resilience, identity, and self-discovery.

Alice is a former student of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and studied Computer Science at Lancaster University. After working in a software development team for six years and seeing firsthand the effect of gender bias in the sector, she left her job and began her research career to uncover the impacts of gender bias on software development.

Alice’s research focuses specifically on the impact gendered language has on software design and development.

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