Elizabeth Burns, author of four collections of poetry including the tender and light-filled Held, has died after many years of living with cancer.
From her first book, Ophelia and other Poems, Elizabeth was a poet whose work was suffused with the colour and scent of ordinary lives. She was also a quietly fearless writer, never shying from the hurt done by one human to another. Her delicate and graceful poems have space in them for what has been lost or broken, for the flawed and crooked, as well as the sensuousness of the everyday, particularly in the lives of women which she celebrated in poem after poem.
In addition to full-length collections, Elizabeth produced a number of pamphlets including The Shortest Days, which won the 2009 Michael Marks Award. Her love of pottery and identification with the craft led her to a number of collaborations with ceramicists and other makers. Always happy to share work, she was an early member of Pomegranate Women Writers in Edinburgh and continued to be closely involved in a writing group in Lancaster where she and Alan raised their daughters.
Elizabeth will be remembered for her delight in poetry, her openness and generous spirit toward other poets, her gift for friendship, and above all for her luminous and joyful poems.