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, published online, in magazines and anthologies. Over 20 were shortlisted, commended or placed in competitions. Oversteps Books published my debut collection Another life in 2016. A second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in November 2019. In Spring 2020 a pamphlet A Stolen Hour was published by Grey Hen Press.

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