Valerie Bence’s first pamphlet Falling in love with a dead man was published by Cinnamon Press (2019). The poems are sourced in Rembrandt artworks and he is with her every day, in the form of a tattoo. Overlap, her second pamphlet was published in 2022 by the Emma Press . She has been shortlisted for the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers, Fish Poetry prize, longlisted for the Ginkgo Prize and had a poem in the inaugural issue of Eat the Storms in 2022. She is a Mum and Nonna and lives and works in Buckinghamshire.