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Ann Rawson

Ann Rawson

Born: in Nelson Lancashire, United Kingdom
Resides: Scotland, United Kingdom

I was awarded a scholarship to study Ballet, then a grant for Laban movement (London). However, I always loved poetry. At school I especially liked Thomas Hardy and Gerard Manley Hopkins; later, I enjoyed Dylan Thomas, Louis MacNeice and Norman MacCaig. I studied English Literature at the Open University. I became aware of haiku in 2012; then tanka and just recently monoku.


Awards and Other Honors:

A runner-up in the James Kirkup Annual Memorial Poetry Competition for 2012 (mainstream poetry); Short-listed - the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2015 for the pamphlet Chasing Winter Dragons (mainstream poetry).

Books Published:

Poetry pamphlet Chasing Winter Dragons, 2014 (o/p but available at The Scottish Poetry Library); Across–my–Space. Poems by Ann Rawson, Châteaulait Publishing, Nov. 4, 2021.

Selected Work
old beech leaves
flutter in the wind
winter butterflies
we walk a silent path
towards the coolness 
of bluebells
on the salt marsh
first egret
ancient woodland
I enter
a cradle
at the end
of a dreary walk
harvest moon
rakes the sea
into furrows


“old beech leaves” – Frogpond vol. 42:3 Autumn 2019; “we walk a silent path” – Heron’s Nest Vol. XX, No. 2: June 2018; “light” – Heron’s Nest Vol. XX, No. 3: September 2018; “ancient woodland” – Presence Issue 63, 2019; “at the end” – Blithe Spirit vol. 29 No. 2, 2019; “harvest moon” – Blithe Spirit vol. 28 No. 1, 2018; a runner up Museum of Haiku Literature Award.

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