June 3rd, 2021 – Guest Poet: Frances Corkney Thompson

We are delighted to invite Frances to this FRP Zoom event.

Poetry has always, since childhood, meant a lot to Frances. Retiring from teaching gave her time to concentrate on her own writing. Her work has by now appeared in many anthologies and journals. She has read her poetry at venues here and in other countries.

Her two previous books are:
The Long Acre, a chapbook (Happenstance, 2008), and
Wild Gooseberries of Hailung, a full collection (Indigo Dreams, 2015), which arose from visits to China in search of traces of her missionary father. On publication, Wild Gooseberries was entered for the TS Eliot Prize, and was selected by The Poetry Kit as its Book of the Month.

Both are sold out but used copies seem to be available from Amazon.

Watching the Door by Frances Corkey Thompson was the winner of the Sentinel Poetry Prize, 2018.
This poet is able to convey a great deal in few words, allowing allusion rather than literal description to do the work (The title poem, ‘The Beloved’ is a good example of this).
Intelligently written, aware of both surface and more subtle effects, [the book] is emotionally and experientially rich. For the range of its offering, the cleverness of its constructs, and the sheer delight of its offerings, it deserves to be very widely read.
From comments by Noel Williams, Sentinel Competition judge, 2018

Frances will be reading mainly from Watching the Door, available from Amazon and from the publisher here: https://spmpublications.com/shop/watching-the-door-frances-corkey-thompson.html
Signed copies are available from Ilfracombe Bookshop, or contact her at: corkeythompson@gmail.com