A Clockwork Mouse Norma-Ann Coleman, MA 1969 Investigate the many faces of A Clockwork Mouse in this collection of Norma-Ann Coleman’s poems which cover a wide spectrum from the humorous and quirky to the surreal and the reflective.
Norma-Ann’s poems are ekphrastic – making an image speak – but the book takes the idea of ekphrasis a step further. If you can tell the story of an artwork in verse, you can interpret a poem in an artwork. And that’s where her artist husband Rob comes in. He has responded to the twenty-four poems with twenty-four pen and ink drawings and watercolour paintings.
A former academic administrator at Heriot-Watt University, Norma-Ann took up writing in 2006 when she entered the National Galleries of Scotland’s inaugural creative writing competition. Success in that competition gave her the motivation to write more and other successes followed. As a member of the NGS’s Words on Canvas writing collective, she has contributed to pamphlets, given numerous public readings and responded to exhibitions by the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in Edinburgh and Perth. In March 2017 the group took part in Sightlines at StAnza, the Scottish International Poetry Festival held in St Andrews.
Named as one of Edinburgh’s UNESCO City of Literature’s ‘emerging writers’, Norma-Ann read one of her art-inspired short stories at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017. Robert H Coleman took up painting as a hobby some forty years ago in Cheshire. Then a move to Scotland, marriage to Norma-Ann and a successful career in the areas of Optical Design Engineering and Statistical Analysis relegated the hobby to memory. Early retirement gave him the opportunity to get back into painting and develop his skills. He is now a prizewinning painter with an instinctive approach to the subject and a clear understanding of the use of colour.
A Clockwork Mouse is the couple’s first ekphrastic collaboration.
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