Jayne Wilding

Jayne Wilding is one of the poets we chose to feature for National Poetry Day 2009.

Cover of 'Sky Blue Notebook from the Pyrenees'

Jayne Wilding was born in Stafford in 1962. She has been living in Scotland since 1969 apart from sojourns in Brazil and France. She now lives and writes in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Jayne is a freelance writer and researcher and has been running writing workshops, particularly in areas relating to health and wellbeing, since 1998. She runs expressive creative writing groups for Maggie's Centre.

Jayne's poems have recently been published in 'A garland' (2008), 'Ten seasons' (2007) and 'Luckenbooth: An anthology of Edinburgh poetry' (2007). Her own collection, 'In the moon's pantry', was published by Diehard Publications in 2004.

These two untitled poems are taken from 'Sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees', published by Calder Wood Press and joint runner up in the 2009 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. They draw on Jayne's experience of living in the foothills of the French Pyrenees for three years.


not one straight wall
in the place of two rivers

the angles of rooms
follow the geometry
of rocks and springs

walls curve and overhang
exhale limestone breath

what of this crookedness
things not being
quite straight or square?

the inconvenient angles
of an unexpected life

we learn to live with strange walls
find surprise cupboards
and cats on impossible roofs



your roof is of swallows
decorated with thunder

your walls are of lightning
and the hum of bees

your doors are of light or dark
on entering or leaving

your seat is of sunlight
seen though tears

four dream tigers arrive
to lift you up

there is a hush as their tails
swish the old oak floor


National Poetry Day 2009


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