Poet Lesley wins National Trust contest

PUBLISHED: 01:16 25 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:54 20 February 2013

Poet Lesley wins National Trust contest

Poet Lesley wins National Trust contest

Lesley Saunders, who has lived in Slough for most of her adult life, has won the first ever National Trust magazine poetry competition after entering on the spur of the moment.

The theme was Outdoors and over 1,700 people were inspired to put pen to paper. The initial inspiration for Lesleys Leaf Goddess was a small figurine by the eco-sculptor Liz Watts.

Lesley says: "The English countryside is a deep source of joy and solace for me. Even if I dont write directly about nature very often I am moved by the mutually creative ways that humanity and landscape continue to intersect and interact, even when we are also doing such damage to the Earth."

Shes worked with a number of artists over the last few years, including for Her Leafy Eye (published by Two River Press in 2009), poems inspired by the 18th century landscaped gardens at Rousham in Oxfordshire. Recently she contributed to Reading Poetry: an anthology (Two Rivers Press, 2011) which collects together works from 16 local poets and illustrates them with evocative watercolours by Sally Castle.

Leaf Goddess won the over 16s category and can be enjoyed at ntmagazine.wordpress.com.

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