We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Poetry Society Member Frances Galleymore, who was also a longstanding member of Highgate Poets. Frances was a poet, novelist and screenwriter. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines. As a screenwriter, she had over thirty drama productions to her name and worked with directors including Mike Newell. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four and published in the Mail on Sunday.
The Highgate Poets website says:
“A wonderful poet, and a hugely valued member of the group, she will be greatly missed.”
Fellow poet and friend Sarah Doyle:
“Frances was a lovely, lively, intelligent woman and a fabulous writer; a great loss. I am very glad to have known her.”
Frances’ poem ‘Magician‘ was a winner in the Poetry News Members’ Poems competition in 2015, judged by Anne-Marie Fyfe.
The painting’s a dapple, it doesn’t make sense
till frostings burn, they illuminate
with umber and ochre, forest, petrol –
the gate hangs crooked to the church.
White stone crosses, laid with flowers.
Real trees, giving up their transient leaves.
Frances’ poem ‘Recently in Somalia’ was commended by judges Neil Astley and Amy Wack in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014. She was Longlisted for the National Poetry Competition in 2013, shortlisted, Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry 2013, and won second prize for her poem ‘Owl’ in the Newark Open Poetry Competition 2012. Her ten-page mini collection Mischievous Geography was runner-up for the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2012. Frances also won the Battered Moons Poetry Competition in 2012 with her poem ‘My Father Travelled’. The competition, in association with Swindon Festival of Literature, was judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.
7 September 2017