A Joan Aiken poem… giving thanks

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…for light in darkness, and inspiration in simple things

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“We’re on Tom Tiddler’s Ground, picking up gold and silver” comes from an old children’s game – they run and help themselves to riches left lying unattended…

 

Joan’s poems can be found in a collection called The Skin Spinners

more about the book here

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and see  more pastel drawings here

 

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The 64 thousand dollar question – ‘How do you get your ideas?’

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  Joan’s answer to this was that ‘One needs to be always on the lookout –  It is a case of selection of suitable ingredients out of the mass that flows past every day – things said by people, overheard conversations, things read in the papers, heard on the news, seen in the street…’

She wrote a poem that illustrates this perfectly, describing an everyday walk down a small street in Petworth where she lived.  Here it is.

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Joan published only one book of poetry, but she wrote many for her own (and the family’s!) pleasure.  To my delight they still tumble out of books..

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