Laila Sumpton

Laila Sumpton is a poet, editor and facilitator working on poetry projects in schools, museums, hospitals, parks and galleries. She has been poet in residence at Keats House and the Royal Free Hospital, and is currently co-coordinating the Arts Council Funded Poetry Versus Colonialism project with Queen Mary University of London. Her work has been published in numerous collections and she has undertaken commissions for Tate Modern, Historic Royal Palaces and Keats House. Laila teaches poetry and performance to learners of all ages and works with Harrow Arts, the Ministry of Stories and National Literacy Trust. Her first book of poems are due to be published by the Arachne Press. Having studied at St Andrews and been a previous president of Inklight Laila is delighted to once more be working with StAnza. 

Laila Sumpton

Photo: Damian Wilk


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my father said Saturn
was an old castle wall
half at the point of falling
half at the point of growing
the moment you linger
between mallet or trowel
and the unbuilt turret
shivers in your mind

Father Time paces
humming a tune half known
as you tease out the threads
from a hem unfurling
as the evening dances
you round
and here’s the one thing
that never changes

the prayer at the sky
right before dusking
for you to be swallowed
and swathed in that exact
and changing shade
because there are stars
just waiting


Laila Sumpton

From Solstice Shorts Festival: Tymes goe by Turnes (Arachne Press, 2020)