By local poets, for local poets and everyone
In collaboration with Epsom Hospital Radio we present poets’ corner.
We are indebted to celebrated Epsom poet Audrey Ardern-Jones who has agreed to moderate this feature of our service.
You are invited to submit your poems for Audrey to read and publish those she selects. Every year we will have a readers’ poems competition. The website will also carry audio files of the poems read by Audrey or the poet. If you wish to submit a poem please see our “Pitch an article” form under the “contact” tab.
Tattenham Corner (For Emily Wilding Davison) We may cross over a well turned track turn back more than a hundred years on Derby Day spot a young woman in her prime who was imprisoned, force fed who spoke out, broke out shouted out who on that day, slipped under the railings into an incoming storm of horses galloping round the curve into the long final straightness a moment of history she braved it stood like a beacon – there for you there for me with her iconic message Votes for Women her last to a King who should have listened then she stumbled under his horse she never spoke again never smiled again never again smelt the freshness of rain nor heard the June birdsong outside her window at the Cottage Hospital a much maligned heroine of her time a heroine of our time a voice that lives on a voice not just for women by Audrey Ardern-Jones
Audrey Ardern-Jones is a lifelong promoter and lover of poetry. She’s lived in Epsom for fifty years and in 1984 founded The Poetry & Music Ensemble – a group of international musicians and herself a performer of poetry.
Audrey’s poetry is widely published in anthologies and journals. Last year in June Audrey read her poem ‘Tattenham Corner’ at the special event unveiling the statue of Emily Wilding Davison in the Epsom Market Square. In October 2021 she read poetry and ran an art/poetry workshop for Epsom’s ‘Love me, Love my Mind’ week. Audrey runs a regular ‘Poets Corner’ for the Hub – an online organisation linked with Epsom Hospital’s radio – here she reads her favourite poets by famous poets.