Norma Brown

Norma Brown started writing after retiring and moving to the country side. She completed Open University courses on Creative Writing and Poetry before joining the National Gallery of Scotland's writing Group, Words on Canvas, which has proved a continuing source of inspiration and encouragement. Norma mainly writes for enjoyment but has had some pieces accepted by Eildon Tree.


Sightlines »

Ekphrastic poetry responding to new artwork at the festival

Thu 2 March - Sat 4 March | 13:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet some of the poets from the Sightlines exhibition

Fri 3 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room


Maiden Great Aunt

Ironed out kindness
piqued and pointed
like her cold-starched linen
pressed between blue paper
to keep out the sun

Sharp tongued rebukes
for stains
slipping sideways from cups
and small fingers

Sweet lavender softly
afraid to outshine the
Presbyterian façade
of the lonely once-young aunt

She was shrink-wrapped by age.
Consumed by rock and roll and
youth’s adventure
I missed her softening


Norma Brown