Friday, May 27, 2011

Anne Lewis-Smith (14th April 1925 to 11th May 2011)

Anne Lewis-Smith in her garden at Peppard Common, circa 1973
© Gerald England.

I first met Anne Lewis-Smith in 1970 when she lived in Northamptonshire and was chairing World Poetry Day. She'd submitted some poems for my new magazine Headland and appropriately the first poem in the first issue was her poem First.

I was asked by other guests at the Manor House in Kingscliffe whether I was a poet or balloonist as these were Anne's two great passions in life.

She later moved, first to Peppard Common (Oxfordshire) and then to Newport (Pembrokeshire/Dyfed) and I visited her and Peter (whom she had married in 1944) at both locations.

I reviewed her last collection Red Shoes here in November 2008 and her earlier Every Seventh Wave published by Oversteps on NHI Review.

Her poem April Comet can be read on the Zimmerzine Archive.

Charlotte McEvoy 's obituary on the website of the British Balloon Museum & Library focusses on her ballooning acheivements

A celebration of Anne's life will be held at a service in Clifton College Chapel, Bristol BS8 3JH on Monday 4th July at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Paul Sartori Foundation can be made via Just Giving.

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