News Flash! Beyond delighted to learn that #HedgehogPoetryPress is nominating my 2nd collection ‘Where Flora Sings’ for the prestigious Laurel Prize. Thank you #MarkDavidson, editor, who has made so many dreams come true for me as a poet!
Hello and Welcome!
Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Margaret Jean Royall. I’m retired and living in a small Nottinghamshire village on the River Trent in a quaint grade 11 listed cottage. I am a poet and author and most of my time in retirement is taken up with writing, but outside of that I love to go to the theatre, cinema and concerts, meet up with friends, sing in my village choir, visit old churches, museums and galleries. When time and money allow I love to holiday in France and Scotland, particularly in the Hebrides. I go every year to Iona on a creative writing retreat and have fallen in love with the island. Sadly, most of these activities have been paused this year, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I love animals, particularly cats and have a rescue cat, Iona, who keeps me company in the cottage.
My children are now adults and live away; two are in London, one in Liverpool and my stepson, wife and children live in Norfolk.
Margaret started writing poetry at a young age and her talent was acknowledged early on by her teachers and school inspectors. Her parents were heavily involved with the Methodist Church and her frequent attendance there gave rise to her writing hymns and psalms.
After busy decades of schooling, studying for a university degree, pursuing a career as a linguist, marriage and raising children, retirement offered her the opportunity to reconnect with poetry.
After several writing retreats on the beautiful Hebridean Isle of Iona she realised her calling was to become a published poet. Guided and encouraged by her tutors, authors Angela Locke MA and David William Clemson her work blossomed and her poems began to be accepted for publication in journals and webzines. She also pursued writing and photography courses in Morocco and Norway with Creative Escapes and spent time on painting holidays in Crete, all of which enhanced her love of landscape and nature, prompting her to write many poems in this genre.
In 2018 Margaret’s poetry was shortlisted for the Bangor Literary Journal Poetry Festival Competition Prize and the Crowvus poetry prize. Her first collection ‘Fording The Stream,’ under the pen name Jessica De Guyat, appeared September 2017, independently published, and her poems have since featured in many journals and webzines under her own name, most recently The Blue Nib, Hedgehog Poetry Press and Impspired. Hedgehog Press published her micro chapbook October 2019 ‘Singing The Earth Awake’. Her prose/poetry memoir of childhood ‘The Road to Cleethorpes Pier’ written in the style of a Japanese Haibun, was published May 2020 to great acclaim with Crumps Barn Studio. Also in May her interview with poetry editor Tracy Gaughan was featured in The Blue Nib Journal and a similar interview with Paul Brookes as part of the Wombwell Rainbow Authors’ Directory was published shortly afterwards.
Margaret has recently won the Hedgehog Press’ poetry collection competition and this second collection ‘Where Flora Sings’ was published Nov 2020.
In Nottinghamshire Margaret leads a women’s poetry group and is a member of four local writing groups. She performs regularly at Writers Live in Nottinghamshire and online.
She is available for book signings and talks to groups about her life as a poet and author
Margaret has been interviewed on local radio and has been guest author in an online Meet The Author event with Lindum Books. She is a member of her local Writers Live and regularly performs her poetry at their open mic sessions.
NEW POETRY PAMPHLET ‘EARTH MAGICKE’ WILL BE OUT APRIL 25th
published by Impspired Press
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Author Blog Page: Facebook.com/margaretbrowningroyall