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Summer casts a spell

A sense of place informs a reader’s poem, workshopped by Alison Chisholm

A sense of place, season and weather suffuses many poems. From Shakespeare’s wintry countryside (When Icicles Hang) to the domestic setting-free of Billy Collins’ Today (If ever there was a spring day so perfect) we are given these descriptions as essential content or as an imagerich backdrop to the poem’s message.

Poet Gill Hawkins was influenced by both venue and season when she attended the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in Derbyshire last year. The poem is about that experience, but its third stanza evokes place and summertime to add another dimension to the message. Another strand in the poem recognises the nation’s love affair with Harry Potter, which Gill explains.

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