Wednesday 14 February 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School
June says of her work “I am nearly three years old. My father is carrying me on his shoulders down to the river to feed the swans. I walk part of the way and fill my pockets with banded snails, Cepaea Hortensis. Feathers. Small treasures.
My father was for a time a shepherd. We learn the names of the trees, of the flowers and birds. My mother collected the broken glass from church windows, my grandfather a glassblower in the Netherlands.
I am half Dutch. Stories of war and of loss. I am half English, trout swimming, birds singing, summer green and endless, leaves falling in autumn.
In my pocket, a golden leaf, the brilliant iridescent blue banded feather of a jay.
These are the stories that make up my life.
In my hands a memory. On the table an accumulation of small treasures. Poetry stones of clay, creatures of the forest, antlers, a wren. Windows of brilliant cast glass – colour, diamonds of light. By my side my granddaughter and now also a grandson, small and not yet unfurled, small stones, a leaf, a feather.”
For more information visit June’s website www.junekingsbury.com