Drop in Margaret Royall

Nigel Kent - Poet

I’m delighted that this week Margaret Royall, author of the excellent The Road to Cleethorpes Pier’ has dropped in to talk about one of the poems from her new collection, Where Flora Sings.

This poem began as a figment of my imagination. I had been to the Djanogly Art Gallery in the Lakeside complex at Nottingham University with my U3a Museums and Galleries group and we had met there to view the Ivon Hitchens exhibition. This particular artwork, ‘Winter Stage’ (click here to view) drew me in and fascinated me. It was difficult to obtain a head-on view, as an art-historian or professor (clearly an expert) and his student were standing blocking the way. The former was holding forth to his wide-eyed protege, obviously explaining intricate details of the painting. Eventually they moved far enough for me to get close. I kept returning to the painting at intervals and intrigued…

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