A virtual launch evening for my Memoir! #TheRoadToCleethorpesPier

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Friday 9th October 7pm GMT online. Tickets available £3 from Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/lindum-books-26260136151

#shelfie taken in The Bookcase Lowdham Notts


Please support my official launch organised by Lindum Books, Lincoln. It will be a Meet The Author Chat and reading of poems from the memoir. Should be a fun hour!

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Please Vote for my Memoir cover!

My memoir cover was exclusively designed by my artist/publisher Lorna at Crumps Barn Studio. She has sensitively reflected the style in which the book was written – in the form of a Japanese Haibun ( a fusion of prose, poetry, photos, travelogue, artwork etc) bu illustrating Japanese motifs in her design , I.e the great wave, kimono fabric patterns etc. I think she deserves recognition, if you agree please vote.
LINK TO VOTE: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/9232/
Front cover
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Cover of the Month

The Road to Cleethorpes Pier: a beautiful portrait of an English seaside childhood
Hey Everyone,
I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.
Vote Now »
Thanks, 
Margaret Royall

Here is the full wraparound, so you can see the details more clearly.

My poetry appears in two highly-respected journals


Delighted to tell you all that my poetry has featured in 2 well-respected literary journals recently. They are IMPSPIRED and THE BLUE NIB.
Impspired featured 3Poems and The Blue Nib featured 5 poems .

In May 2020 I was interviewed for the latter by Uk/Ireland poetry editor Tracy Gaughan.

Here is a link to the interview

https://thebluenib.com/poet-and-author-margaret-royall-speaks-to-tracy-gaughan/

BIG NEWS JULY 2020

I am joint winner of the Hedgehog Poetry collection competition

Abundantia FLoralibus will be published in 2021. Watch this space.


A taster poem from it is below

Publication date draws near!

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I am thrilled to announce that my memoir of childhood ‘The Road to Cleethorpes Pier’ is due for publication May 2020 with Crumps Barn Studio. I am really excited about this project and I have very much enjoyed writing about growing up in a seaside town on the East coast of England in the 40s, 50s and 60s. It has brought back many memories, events still vivid in my memory as well as ones I had almost forgotten. Looking out old photos to include in the memoir has been a real joy, although many are grainy and need careful restoration.

I have chosen an unusual format for the book, a fusion of poetry and prose passages as a nod to the Japanese prosimetric from called Haibun. In its traditional form it is usually a travelogue Consisting of haiku ( a Japanese’s 5-7-5 short verse form ) and prose – but I have adapted this to my own format.


Last August I revisited Cleethorpes and did some photography on the sea front. Much has changed over the years but some things are still the same. Here are a couple of photos I took from the promenade. As the resort lies at the mouth of the River Humber, a tidal river, the sea only comes up to the beach at high tide but is otherwise absent. Tourists are surprised if they arrive at low tide and cannot see the sea. The tide was out in these photos, hence no water in view.

Cleethorpes traditionally boasted five miles of golden sand. It has long been the resort of choice for holidaymakers and day -trippers from the Midlands and Yorkshire. It forms a conurbation with the larger town of Grimsby to the north, famous for its fishing industry.

photos of Cleethorpes beach showing a breakwater and the pier ( tide out)

The Road to Cleethorpes Pier

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This is my latest project – a poetry memoir of childhood and adolescence growing up in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

I have been looking out old photographs from the late 1940s /early 50s and I was forcibly struck by how “ Victorian” they look. Everyone seemed to wear a hat and suit, even on relaxed occasions. The pram in the photo looks ancient. I remember that my mum pushed me around in something called a Tansad – a cross between a pram and a pushchair, made by the Tansad company, hence the name, and widely in use at that time.

ON THE BEACH WITH MICHAEL.

The adverts for Cleethorpes boasted
five miles of glorious golden sand –
no mention of the biting East wind!

The Meggies*were always a hardy bunch –
a daily dose of mind-numbing fresh air
an absolute must for the health-conscious locals.

My mum and friends believed in bracing walks.
She would push me in the old Tansad**along the Kingsway –
fine when I didn’t have to share it with Michael!

Oh how I hated him, loud, impatient, whiny,
sharing the pram with a boy was humiliating.
The only recompense a choc-ice at the end,

bought from Mr Oliphant’s open-all-hours shop
crammed with buckets, spades and kiss-me-quick hats
exuding cheerful optimism on the sea-front

Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. How true!
It is only now, living as I do in a landlocked place,
that I find myself frequently craving the wildness of the seashore

*Meggies – folk originating from Cleethorpes. The origin of the term is disputed.
**Tansad – a type of pushchair with adjustable footboard in use
in the 1940s/50s. Tansad became a generic name for a baby buggy

2018 in Resumé

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WELCOME TO 2019!!

I hope to find more time for my blog this year. 2018 brought some achievements in being published and getting noticed. I seem to be getting the hang of things – so onwards and upwards!

A quick look at my writing activities and literary achievements:  

I was published in several anthologies including 4 with Hedgehog Poetry Press. I joined its Cult of the Spiny Hog.

Poems appeared in:

1) A Little Book of Inspiration ( accounts of outstanding personal memories)

2) Other People’s Freedoms ( poems celebrating 100 years since the 1914-18 war)

3) Ode to a Hedgehog ( the best poems on the subject of hedgehogs

4) A Christmas Gift for You ( anthology of poems based on titles of fami.iar carols)

My shortlisted poem also featured in the Crowvus Anthology “Pictures paint a thousand Words”

My love-themed poem “Love on a Hebridean Beach” was shortlisted for the Bangor Poetry Prize. It had to be hand-written, decorated, displayed in the art gallery there.

Below is the finished article. Quite impressive, if I say so myself! ( nothing like shameless self-promotion!!)

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I took part in several open mic sessions with Writers Live in Southwell.

I was invited to read a selection of my poetry at my local U3a meeting, which was well received.

i was awarded a slot at the East Midlands Writers’ Conference to have a 20 minute session with Poet Malaika Booker, who was headlining at this. Very Illuminating……

in September I attended the annual Creative Writing Retreat on the magical Isle of Iona with Angela Locke and friends old and new………… creativity at its best there!

In March I attended a workshop with the marvellous George Szirtes in Leicester – “Writing without Constraint”

Humble achievements, I admit,  and I hope for greater things next year! Here’s to a productive twelve months! Yay!

My first poetry collection “Fording The Stream” under my pen name Jessica de Guyat is available to purchase from Amazon as ebook or paperback.