Marilyn Francis

Waste Land Revisited : Marilyn has contributed to the script for Performance Day in June and is also one of the five script editors.

I live just up the hill from Radstock (10 miles or so from Bath) with Paul who takes a lot of photographs. I write poems, though there are not as many of them as there are photos. I am originally from London and lived with my mum and dad and gran and various uncles and aunties in a flat just across the road from Madame Tussauds. I’ve lived in Radstock for more years than London, but in many ways, I still think of myself as a Londoner. 

As to writing poetry, I’m a relative newcomer, though I’ve always been a reader. I’ve been a member of Bath Writers and Artists for quite a while. I had a selection of poems, red silk slippers, published by Circaidy Gregory Press, but that was ages ago – sadly I’ve had no subsequent offers to publish. I also collaborated in producing two pamphlets, Chewed Shoes, and, swings & roundabouts, with three other poets I met at an Arvon course at Lumb Bank. I’ve also had a small amount of success with getting poems into various journals and magazines over the years. The latest being two poems in the January 2022 edition of The North.

I’m much enjoying being part of The Waste Land Revisited project, and have been involved in editing the first part. It is fascinating to see how it’s all beginning to come together.

And now for pet’s corner. 

We have been between cats for sometime, but Kevin visits to make sure that we keep up with feline affairs.

And, for no particular reason other than I find it peculiarly inspiring, a quote from the inimitable Gertrude Stein – It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing

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