May 10, 2012

Ann Atkinson (1947-2012)

"We are very sorry to say that the poet Ann Atkinson has died. She had a brain tumour that was only
recently diagnosed.  We know that very many people share our sense of shock and loss.  A gifted, open and generous person, Ann had a particular talent for working with and supporting other writers, and was greatly loved in the poetry world.   She edited Staple for several years, organised writing retreats, and often hosted poetry meetings at her lovely house in Grindleford.  She had been Peak District Poet Laureate and from 2009-2011 was Derbyshire Poet Laureate, publishing From Matlock to Mamelodi, 5000 Miles of Poetry (available from Derbyshire Leisure & Culture).  Ann was a member of our Writing School, whose tributes will be posted on this website in due course.  We are proud to have published Ann's pamphlet Drawing Water, and we were looking forward to working with her on a full-length collection.  She was at the height of her powers and had much more to write.

Ann can be seen reading one of her poems in the video below, and you can read another here.

A memorial service is being organised by her daughters, and will take place at 11 am on Tuesday 15 May at the Maynard Arms in Grindleford.  (Their email is below the video.) Please rsvp to rosie_atkinson [at] yahoo.com if you plan to attend."  

— Ann and Peter Sansom

 

Read Ann's obituary in The Guardian here and Ian McMillan's tribute on Radio 4 here.

 

 

Hello,  

Holly and I would like to invite you to join us to mourn the loss and celebrate the wonderful life of our beautiful mum, Ann Atkinson. 

Please arrive at 10.30-10.45am on Tuesday 15th May 2012 at The Maynard Arms Hotel, Grindleford. 

There will be a humanist ceremony at around 11am followed by a brief lull whilst mum's closest family accompany her to the crematorium in Sheffield - tea and coffee with be served during this time in the bar downstairs. When we return, a buffet will be served and we will continue with the celebration of her life and work into the afternoon and evening. 

Please wear something lovely and vibrant and if you would like, a piece of writing about mum (a poem, a memory, some thoughts) to put in our memory box. 

We also ask that, instead of buying flowers, you donate to the wonderful charity that enabled mum to die so peacefully at home. 

If you are a musician/poet/performer and would like to contribute to the day.. there will be space and time in the afternoon to do so in a kind of 'open mic' format so bring your instruments with you. 

Please pass this invite on to anyone you know that knew and loved mum. 

RSVP if possible as we need a rough estimate to tell the caterers. 

Warmest wishes 

Rosie & Holly 

 

 
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