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Annemarie Austin

Annemarie Austin a further-education lecturer in South-West England, was the winner of the 1980 Cheltenham festival of Literature Poetry Prize.

Poem: ‘Out of Season’

Annemarie Austin, 3 December 1981

This is no country for young women – the old on one another’s arms, ice in the air, etcetera ...

Cheap-rate, off-peak, out-of-season, they come in charabancs – coaches too new a term – and debouch on the sea front, chorused by snapping, masticating wind, savoured with sauce of rain.

The town half-wakes for them: one putting-green, an ice-cream stall, flurry of drab...

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