Tina Cathleen MacNaughton has written and published four books; her latest novel 'Delphy Rose', a collection of poetry entitled 'On the Shoulders of Lions' and two children's books; 'When the elves rescued Christmas' and 'Santa's Still Asleep!' Tina's poems feature on 'Portsmouth University's Writing Literary Portsmouth' online map and blog. Her poem 'Winter's Sigh' won a prize in the US County Ventura 2021 annual poetry competition. Tina's poetry, essays and short stories have been published widely, more recently by 'Orbis', 'Pens of the Earth', 'Flora Fiction' and 'Spillwords'. She writes for 'The People's Friend' and her poem 'Little Pink Cottage' appeared in the '2023 Fireside Book'.
Tina regularly takes part in readings and open mic events. Tina read her poem 'Tiny Pieces' in 'The Well of Lost Voices', a drama highlighting mental health issues, staged in Chichester's Graylingwell Chapel. Tina contributed to Janey Devine's January 2023 'Cityscape' photographic/poetry exhibition in Southsea, Portsmouth. Tina read her short story 'Walking Home' as part of the 'Pens of the Earth' prologue to Havant Bench Theatre's acclaimed spring 2023 production of 'Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid'.
'Delphy Rose - the girl who wrote songs' is set in the fictional seaside town of Cowlington, against the backdrop of Thatcher's Britain. Young, working-class Delphy dreamt of University, whilst singing with The Thistles, a local alternative band. Later in life, Delphy bumps into former bass player, Ben. Ben is married, complicated. They begin a turbulent relationship which triggers past traumas for Delphy. They both have secrets. Can the pain of the past be reconciled with a final song?