Heidi Williamson Readings
In her twenties, Heidi was part of a Scottish community that suffered an inconceivable tragedy, the Dunblane Primary School shooting. Those years living in the town form the focus of her third poetry collection Return by Minor Road, published by Bloodaxe in June 2020.
‘This is a book of remembrance, of trauma and grief, but also one of hope, healing and consolation… Return by Minor Road feels like a major achievement. Brilliantly constructed, each poem feels complete in itself, while contributing to a greater whole… A work of vivid phrase-making and lyrical empathy, it is by turns, a celebration of our spirit, a forensic examination of the soul, and a warning of the darkness that lives at the edges of our lives.’ – Christopher James
An in-depth review by Neil Leadbeater ran in both Write Out Loud and The Poet Magazine. Read the full review here.
'The final poem, ' Place', poses the question: how much of a place do you ever really leave and how much do you end up taking with you? For many of us, myself included, we will never forget Dunblane. This is a fitting tribute to those whose lives were tragically cut short at such a tender age.' - Neil Leadbeater
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 1:30 – 2 pm, Oxford Centre for Life Writing
Life-writing, poetry, and witness
Live Q&A with Heidi Williamson.
Venue: OCLW Livestream (via YouTube)
Heidi Williamson reads her poem 'Place' from Return by Minor Road
In May 2020 Heidi Williamson won the 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize for ‘With a rootless lily held in front of him’, a poem from Return by Minor Road.
Heidi Williamson reading her Plough Prize-winning poem from Return by Minor Road (Bloodaxe Books, June 2020)
[10 August 2020]