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Book Launch at Flax Gallery

10 September 2015

Widely published poet Frances Corkey Thompson will hold a launch of her latest publication in The Flax Gallery at Mossley Mill on Wednesday 16 September at 3pm.

Frances will discuss how this poetry collection arises out of her recent visits to Northern China, the former Manchuria, where her father, Rev. Colin Corkey, served as a missionary in the years before and during the start of World War 2. Frances travelled to China on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the same route that carried letters between her young father and his parents back home in Culnady, Co Derry. (These letters formed a template for a series of BBC documentary programmes shown in 2006.)

The letters are now the basis for the journey the poetry makes, exploring relationship, memory and religion. Frances will read from this wonderful collection. She will also show slides of her father’s photos from the 1930s, comparing them with some recent ones of her own.

Frances originally graduated with a degree in Modern Languages from Queen’s University, Belfast. After a career teaching and lecturing in Tunisia, London and Devon, Frances gained a Poetry MA with Distinction from Exeter University, which also awarded her a Special Commendation from its School of English. Her first book, The Long Acre, was published by Happenstance in 2008.

For more information please contact Museum at The Mill on 028 9034 0129 or [email protected]

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