On Lindale Hill Find!
Whilst working on Reading Detectives, the Grange team decided that they would like to commission a poem about the local area, written by a poet living in
We decided that it would be a fitting finale to our work, providing a legacy of the project which in turn adds to the body of literature about
So now, the Grange team can unveil the poem to the world. It is called On Lindale Hill and is written by poet, Andrew Forster....
ON LINDALE HILL
It's a village of layers, a place
in continual progress. On this stiff climb,
houses are messages from different ages:
rain-polished slate, wind-roughened stone
or blues and greys, evenly-painted.
Rock roses cascade from garden walls
like secrets refusing to stay hidden.
In spaces between buildings, beeches,
weighed down with ivy, reach from rocks
in gestures almost within translation.
A double-stemmed chestnut, rusty and flaking,
grows out of gravel where the millpond was.
The wooden board beside it shows drawings
of millworkers' cottages, demolished,
making room for traffic to somewhere else.
Now, streets branch off, cutting corners, following
their own trails to crossroads or dead-ends.
The millrace is a dry channel beside the beck
Blocked with bricks, lined with copper leaves,
leading only to an asphalt carpark.
The beck itself curves sharply over stone lips,
splashing and foaming and murmuring to itself
in its own tongue, as it runs its broken course,
disappears into tunnels, emerging
for a mere glimpse, then returning underground.
Andrew Forster is a poet, critic and literature development worker. Originally from South Yorkshire he lived in
His poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies since 1993, including The Rialto, Acumen, Obsessed with Pipework, Cencrastus, Lines Review, Envoi and Poetry Nottingham, among others.
Essays and reviews of poetry have appeared in The Dark Horse, Fife Lines and Lines Review.
He was awarded Scottish Arts Council writer's bursaries in 1998 and 2002, and a sequence of poems based on the life of Lytton Strachey was published by Flarestack in 2000. In 2003 the poem Radnoti's Notebook was commended in the Bridport Prize.
His first full-length collection, Fear of Thunder was published in October 2007 and was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize: Best First Collection.
Andrew worked in social care for 14 years, latterly managing housing projects for adults with learning disabilities. In 1998 he began a career in literature development, teaching creative writing for a range of organisations throughout
In 2003 he became Literature Development Officer for Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association, and has been responsible for an extensive range of activity, including the ground-breaking Poetry Doubles readings, which pair emerging local writers with poets of international standing, and the Wigtown Poetry Competition, the largest poetry competion in
Now, Andrew works in
Andrew's second poetry collection, Territory, will be published in May 2010, and we wish him every success with it.
The Grange group members are pleased that Andrew accepted our commission, and are absolutely delighted with the finished poem.
To find out more about Andrew, go to: www.andrewforsterpoems.blogspot.com
15 March 2010 from Helen
- On Lindale Hill
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