and in the shop…
and “I am a field”
In December 2017, Rosemary McLeish was told that “the breast cancer I had had eight years before had metastasised to my spine.” and subsequently “realised that I was on my own with this.” Her final collection, Defragmentation, pubished in 2020 by Wordsmithery, records her personal experience of living with the disease.
See See Rosemary McLeish website for her perspective on the collection and to enquire for copies.
Biographical note as last supplied by Rosemary:
Rosemary McLeish is a poet and an outsider artist. A late starter, she began to write when she was around 40. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University (2005). She has had poems published in many anthologies and magazines, self-published two pamphlets, and her first collection, I am a Field was published early in 2019. In December 2018 she won 2nd Prize in the MsLexia/PBS poetry competition, and in January 2019 2nd prize in the Bedford International poetry competition. She has frequently displayed poems in exhibitions and made some of them into artworks.