Former Head of English Frank Ormsby has many reasons to celebrate this month. Not only is he still basking in the success of his last collection of poems, The Parkinson’s Poems, this week he launches a new collection of poetry, The Darkness of Snow. Added to this, Mr Ormsby has been celebrated in a very public manner when his poetry, read by Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar during Proms in the Park at “Castle Coole” was nationally screened as part of the roundup of The Last Night of the Proms from around the UK. The poems were set to music by Instonian and former pupil of Mr Ormsby, Graeme Stewart, who presented his former teacher with a bound copy of the composition entitled A Lull Between Showers.
The Parkinson’s Poems have been hugely successful. Not only do they explore Mr Ormsby’s own experiences of the condition, the collection is also being used as a teaching aid at the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where Mr Ormsby took a seminar with undergraduates. Speaking to the Impartial Reporter, Mr Ormsby said, “I have also been asked to write an article for a nurses’ research magazine. It is wonderful to know these poems are being used for such valuable work.”
Mr Ormsby is also a long-time friend of fellow poet and Instonian Michael Longley; both men add to the rich literary heritage of the school and are a great source pride for it.
These deserved accolades are timely as Mr Ormsby next month celebrates his 70th birthday; we wish him many happy returns and look forward to the success of The Darkness of Snow.
To read an interview with Mr Ormsby go to:
To hear Adrian Dunbar reading On Devenish Island and News From Home watch from 44.27 on iplayer: