Lesley Harrison

We feature work by poet Lesley Harrison to mark National Poetry Day 2012.

Cover of 'Ecstatics: A language of birds'
'Ecstatics: A language
  of birds'.
Cover design by Laura Drever.

Lesley Harrison lives near Arbroath and teaches with Highland Council.

She has been writing poetry for around 15 years and has had her work published in a number of journals and poetry collections. Her pamphlet 'One bird flying' was published in 2009 by Mariscat Press and was runner-up in the 2010 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.

These two poems are taken from 'Ecstatics: A language of birds', written during Lesley's two year residence on the island of Eday in Orkney. 'Ecstatics' was a collaboration between Lesley, artist Laura Drever, and designer/publisher Alistair Peebles from Brae Editions.

Artist Laura Drever studied at Edinburgh College of Art, returning to Orkney in 2003 to continue her work as a landscape painter. A board member of the Pier Arts Centre Trust, she exhibits regularly in Orkney, where she lives with her family.

'Ecstatics', published by Brae Editions, was the winner of the 2012 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.



it lives in a minute world
of sand, its slow removal
grain by grain.




an attitude of birds
over water, skimming waves.




tiny angel in the flue;
mackerel green,
salted with stars.


National Poetry Day 2012


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