Poetry at the Lighthouse : Mariscat’s Gina Wilson

7.30pm start, Friday 22nd  September, in the Bookshop. First 20 places FREE.


Squirrels spend a lot of time
digging up and reburying their store,
checking it’s still there, taking a bite.
My mother used to be the same
with dates and nuts at Christmas.
Never an unopened box of anything
by the Day itself. Funny how people
can’t quite bury a treasure. My brother
dug up our dead rabbit by torchlight
to see if it was safe. It was and it wasn’t.

It was and it wasn’t is Gina Wilson’s second poetry pamphlet.

Her poems lure you into thinking you’re on safe, possibly domestic territory. Then they catch you unawares, taking off at an unexpected, often surreal tangent. Is that crack in the wall terminal? Why is that five year old child so spitefully nasty and why do those shoes keep on ‘trudging the dunes’ even when their owner is dead? A poet’s eye and ear plus a psychotherapist’s insight is deftly at work here.

‘Tough and compelling, no verbiage, no sentimentality.’
Kate Clanchy on Scissors, Paper, Stone

Gina Wilson’s first poetry pamphlet, Scissors, Paper, Stone, was published by HappenStance Press in 2010. She is a psychotherapist  and the author of novels and poetry for young adults and children and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Kurt Maschler Award, Smarties Prize and Bisto Book of the Year. She is a winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize and the Lace Annual Open Poetry Competition and has taught creative writing in schools and on residential courses as well as for the Arvon Foundation.