Irena Ratushinskaya, poet and dissident, sadly died recently. In 1983 she was sent to a labour camp for 7 years hard labour for anti-Soviet propaganda. Knowing the power of the written word the Soviet officials denied her paper so she memorised her ideas, scratched on bars of soap. Later she turned her memorised ideas into poems written on cigarette papers and smuggled out via her husband. The result was “Grey is the Colour of Hope”, published in 1989. A poet of courage. Poet of the valiant heart.