POEMS by BRIGID SOMERSET
ISBN 0-9549043-0-3 November 2004
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Brigid Somerset trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. As well as teaching, for many years she was an adjudicator in Drama and Verse Speaking for the Poetry Society, the English Speaking Board, and the National Federation of Music Festivals. She is a Fellow of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, and of the English Speaking Board. Brigid lived for many years near Exmoor, Somerset, but in later life moved to Mid-Wales to be nearer her family. She died in November 2009.
These original poems range from lighthearted to more serious. Brigid is an amused and thoughtful observer of people and of life with its demands and satisfactions.
A number of these poems have won prizes and appeared in magazines and anthologies, such as Quantum Leap, New Prospects, Exmoor, South West Review, Westwards, The Collins Book of Christian Verse and Poetry Now. Her poem "Post Mortem” won first prize in a national competition for Ars Poetica, while “A Summer Visit” won second prize in another national competition.
Poems has been warmly reviewed both locally and nationally.
"Here is a superb collection, brushing and bruising with life’s
deepest poignancies. It is accomplished and enthralling." Reviewers
note Brigid’s sense of humour, ranging from playfulness to wit:
her delight in Exmoor and the natural world; her sensitive exploration
of loss and increasing age, and not least her technical expertise in verse
form and structure. "What a delight at last to find these poems collected,
and presented so clearly and unfussily."