Holding The Space

14th July, 2019

Conversation with author and podcaster, Lisa May Young for a podcast in her Holding The Space series.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

The poem I read in Part Two

What is Love?

Inspired by a visit to Wemyss School of Needlework, 11 May 2019

Unable to call, awkward
distance between
you hold
in your hand
a light wooden hoop:
gripped tight within
stretched like a drum
linen printed
with a pattern to fill in.

You may never see
your friend’s new born joy

but you can choose
three shades of brown wool
two shades of golden
one dark red colour
green colour for paws
and white for sharp teeth

Now you begin
threading the needle
to make the first stitch
of love

Life’s asymmetry
and clumsy breakages of the heart
are laid aside as you start
embroidering her grandson’s lion:
to the breath of other women
as you sit in the stillness, stitching

Outside the light green
leaves of summer whisper, whisper
“What a gift
not the gift
but the making of it.”

Artline: Open Doors Weekend

Sat 5th May to Sun 6th May 2018

Circle Line ConversTations by Maureen Sangster and Sheena Berry

Platform 1, Southbound Waiting Room, Inverkeithing Railway Station, Boreland Road, Inverkeithing KY11 1NJ

Come and explore Art & Heritage on the Railway through Fife with Circle Line – ConverStations, Rail Art and Writing Posters by Sheena Berry and Maureen Sangster.

In the Southbound Waiting Room: 22 posters with artwork, poems and fictional conversations illustrating iconic buildings, historical events and people, including Dunfermline’s St. Margaret, the riggers who built the Forth Rail Bridge, and Adam Smith.

The waiting room is open all day.

Sheena Berry and Maureen Sangster will be there 10.30am – 12noon on Sat 5th May and 2pm – 4pm on Sun 6th May.

We will be talking about the project and reading from the publication that accompanies the exhibition.

For more information, please contact me.

Burns Soiree

Robert Burns Soiree Poster

I am taking part in a Burns Soiree on 25th January, reading Burns’ poems and my own poetry. Haggis will be served.