The American poet who spends her days working on Bedfordshire trains

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An American Thameslink worker who resides in Harlington has published a book of poetry, inspired by love, loss and her journey on trains.

A station assistant by day, Sharnice Miles is a multi-talented artist and writer, and has just released a compilation of her poems, which is for sale on Amazon.

Sharnice is a mother of three living in Harlington, although she moved to the UK 12 years ago from Detroit, Michigan with her mother and sisters.

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She joined the industry three years ago after completing no less than three degrees – most recently a Masters in Diaspora, Ethnicity and Culture from Birkbeck University.

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Sharnice said: “I’ve been writing since I was six or seven, inspired by writers like Maya Angelou, and I really wanted to publish poems and I was nervous because it’s like asking the world to read your journal. I looked into self-publishing and designed the cover myself.

“My poems vary,” she added. “They can be quite political, sometimes they’re romantic, sometimes spiritual. It depends on what I’m going through or what inspires me. Sometimes a friend or someone in my family will tell me what they’re going through and that will inspire me to write.”

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In a Facebook Live interview on Friday, she opened up about her writing process. “Some days they come out spontaneously, others take a few days and weeks to come out,” Sharnice added.

“There are days when I hit writers block, but once I get through it, all I want to do is write, write, write.”

You can find the full Facebook Live interview, including performances of his poetry, by clicking here.

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