Magazine of St Peter’s Church, North Tawton: ROUNDABOUT the benefice community newsletter is freely delivered, by a team of volunteers, to every household in the parish of North Tawton, Bondleigh, Sampford Courtenay, Honeychurch, and the outlying rural areas.
Roundabout benefice community newsletter was founded in 1990 by successful poems author Edna Eglinton who was born in London and lived in North Tawton. Edna Eglinton was a director at Arvon Creative Writing Foundation Charity.
Since 1968, Arvon has been offering people time and space to write with an annual programme of residential courses and retreats at three Arvon rural writing houses: Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Devon; The Hurst, Craven Arms, Shropshire; Lumb Bank, Yorkshire.
Edna Eglinton authored:
Pisgah (Outposts, 1977)
Holiday Viewing (Priaplus, 1982)
Hands Together with David Santer (Old School Press, 1994)
Exposing the Negatives with David Santer (Old School Press, 1996)
Forever Panto (Old School Press, 2001)
How Are Your Spirits (Old School Press, 2001)
Living Mosaic (Indigo Dreams, 2008)
Cause and Effect (HappenStance Poem Card, 2011)
Edna Eglinton was a member of the Association of Christian Writers. Edna submitted her poems for publication in the Quaker Monthly Journal magazine.
Edna Eglington was included in an anthology of six Devon-based poets published in 1983 entitled Listen to Us. Edna’s poem On a Frosty Night was included in the Poetry on the Buses anthology (Green Books, 2001).
Edna Eglinton enjoyed competition success such as winning the Local Poem category in the Plough Poetry Prize, 2004, with her poem entitled Captured. Her poem The World Needs to Find True Balance won the Exmouth Library poetry competition, inspired by the Fairtrade fortnight and judged by Rachel May, the coordinator of the Fairtrade Devon campaign, who presented Edna Eglinton with a hamper.
Edna Eglinton’s poem Family Visit was included in BBC Northern Ireland children’s programme “One Potato, Two Potato” during Spring 2007, supporting the curriculum in Maths – Numbers and Mathematical Reasoning and English – Talking and Listening (expected outcomes) and Reading.
Two on a motor bike
Four in a car
Six people go to visit
Granny and Grandpa.
Eight people chattering,
In comes Uncle Jim
With cousins Luke and Kylie
And their brother Tim.
There are so many of us
We can hardly shut the door
Granny’s only got ten chairs
So two sit on the floor.
I help Granny cut the cake.
Twelve slices for our tea,
Baby Tim won’t eat and so
There’s an extra piece for me.
By Edna Eglinton
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