Colombian ex-diplomat unveils book in Garstang

Graciela Lemos.
Graciela Lemos.

An ex-diplomat who took up creative writing after a high-flying career is to launch her first book since moving to Garstang.

Graciela Lemos, originally from Colombia, South America, moved to Britain seven years ago after falling in love with the area while visiting her family here.

Having previously written two poetry books and a novel in her native Spanish, Graciela has now produced her first book in English.

‘Unfolded Dreams’ is a collection of 70 poems reflecting on her life and memories – from her time in Colombia to poems inspired by places in her new homeland.

She says her poem, entitled ‘Garstang’, is about one of several places in England which have inspired her. Other poems were written following visits to other places around the UK, for example ‘Edinburgh’, ‘Lake District’ and ‘Glass Blowers’ which she wrote following a visit to Glasform glass factory at Singleton.

During her diplomatic career Graciela worked at the United Nations in New York and the American and Canadian embassies in Bogota.

After retirement at the age of 58 she went back to university to study creative writing. Now as a proud a Garstang resident she keeps busy looking after her three grandsons, Emilio, Lucas and Oliver, running Spanish clubs at local schools and being actively involved with several local organisations.

Her book ‘Unfolded Dreams’ will be formally launched at Garstang Arts Centre this Saturday, October 14, with free admission. It starts at 3pm.