Leicester graduate is an award-winning poet

Posted by fi17 at Nov 15, 2011 12:05 PM |
Former University of Leicester student has launched a second poetry book after her success at the Southport Arts Festival.

In an event attended by Carol Ann Duffy in June, a former student of the University Margaret Gleave scooped the title 'Southport Arts Festival Poet of the Year’ for her poem ‘Spice’. She then got the unique opportunity of being able to read her poem aloud during the Poet Laureate’s visit to Wayfarers Shopping Arcade.

Her new book Weather Eye was launched on 10 November at Crosby Civic Hall as part of the Sefton Celebrates Writing Festival. As a teacher of English and music for many years, Margaret has twice been the winner of the annual Sefton Writing Competition and is now carving out some prominence in the field of contemporary poetry.

She grew up in Oldham from where she went on to gain a degree in Classics from the University of Leicester. Having lived in Southport for most of her life, she cites the times she walks her dog on Southport beach and through the dunes as the inspiration for her poetry.

Reading her poetry has been described as ‘like savouring a fine wine’, a great compliment for this former Leicester student.

Weather Eye is published by Indigo Dreams at £5.99.

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