Welcome to Acacia Publications. I am a poet and writer and in previous lives I was a psychotherapist, business psychologist, and a Merchant Navy officer.

Why the acacia? For many, many years the giraffe has been my totem animal. The giraffe is the tallest mammal, a New Age symbol for intuition and flexibility. It is a sociable, peaceful animal, though a kick of its leg can shatter a lion’s skull. Giraffes have been roaming the savannahs of Africa for at least a million years. Their long tongues are specially adapted to coil around the thorns of the acacia tree.

Fokkina McDonnell - Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading with Fokkina McDonnell, The Village Hall, Manchester

My early writing success – for fiction and non-fiction – was in the late 80’s when a poem gained a Seal of Achievement in a competition and I was paid £250 for a winning essay. Then I didn’t write for a long period – I survived like that giraffe. In recent years I’ve attended workshops with a range of poets through the Poetry School, The Poetry Business, the Almassera Vella, and Ty Newydd.  I learned a great deal from giving and getting feedback, and reading widely.  My poems have been broadcast, as well as published in magazines and anthologies. A number have been shortlisted and placed in competitions. My debut collection Another life was published by Oversteps Books in 2016. A second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in November 2019.

On this site I will be sharing my own poems, work by other poets, and my interests and discoveries through the blog.