Cirencester-based poet, Frank McMahon, is launching his third book of poems, "The Light will Always Return " on April `17.

His work has won prizes and last year he read at the Cheltenham Poetry and Literature Festivals.

He was also involved with the national initiative, Poetry Together, working with two schools on poems to share with older people. Both schools were shortlisted in the national competition and each received £250 to buy books for their library.

“The Light Will Always Return” is the title of Frank McMahon’s third book of poems, to be published in April.

“Things which stopped me in my tracks” inspired some of the poems in my book, alongside work which celebrates the work of other artists and craftswomen/ men.

Other poems draw inspiration from the natural world, starting with winter light.

There are shadows in the book: loss, environmental concerns, conflict but the abiding theme is hope and optimism.

These essential qualities of living are there around us but also need to be generated by our resilience and our willingness to work towards protection and restoration.

“The Light Will Always Return” is published by Tim Saunders Publications and will be available in paperback, hardback and as an e-book from Waterstones, Amazon and other bookshops.