Christine Michael, Poetry Society Stanza rep for Stratford-upon-Avon, pays tribute to Pat Watson, who died in March aged 88. You can also read Pat’s poem ‘Meeting Moon‘, a winner of the Poetry News Members’ Poems competition on the theme of ‘Heroes & Heroines’, judged by Kathryn Simmonds.
Pat will be remembered as a talented poet and a generous and energetic promoter of the arts in Warwickshire.
Pat had a long and varied career in teaching, magazine fiction-writing and the antiques trade before turning her full attention to poetry on retirement. From 1998 she had 52 poems published in small press magazines and produced three collections: Relative Values in 2001, which was supported by an Arts Council of England Award, Landscape with Figures in 2013, and As The Long Days Pass in 2016. This collection was inspired by the loss of her husband Howard, and Pat donated copies to local GP surgeries and hospitals to help those bereaved.
Pat was a founder member of the Stratford-upon-Avon Stanza and belonged to two other local poetry groups. She was also a great networker and encourager of writers, generous with her time and in her appraisal of their work.
Pat loved get-togethers of all kinds, especially where poetry was involved, and so it was fitting that she asked for the reception after her funeral to be a ‘poetry tea’, where her family and friends gathered to read poems and share memories.
24 April 2018