Outskirts of Swindon

17 May
Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson

Internationally acclaimed poet Fiona Sampson showcased her book. ‘Coleshill’  at the Arts Centre Studio. Editor of the magazine ‘Poem’  and author of over fifteen books, Sampson speaks of her love for space both physical and poetic. Sampson has lived in Coleshill (a mere 8 miles from Swindon) for fourteen years but her new book is her first foray into setting the village centre stage. Battling a chest infection the poet took paths through corn fields near Eastleach as the first part of her journey before moving on to dreams and bees in places she acknowledged were familiar to most of the audience. Sampson said that the book was very hard to write partly because she had already written extensively about Coleshill, but also because she believes that a poet needs a chip of ice in her heart and neighbourly bonhomie works against this. The event was yet more evidence, if needed, that poetry attracts people in Swindon, with extra seating needed to cope with the number of festival goers eager to hear a poet of Fiona Sampson’s reputation.

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