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Tattenham Corner

(For Emily Wilding Davison)


by Audrey Ardern-Jones


Picture: Audrey Ardern-Jones and Emily Wilding Davison together in the sunshine on Epsom High Street / Credit: Audrey Ardern-Jones


Tattenham Corner


(For Emily Wilding Davison)


We may cross over a well turned track

turn back more than a hundred years

on Derby Day


spot a young woman in her prime

who was imprisoned, force fed

who spoke out, broke out

shouted out


who on that day, slipped under the railings

into an incoming storm

of horses

galloping round the curve

into the long final straightness


a moment of history

she braved it

a beacon – there for you

there for me


with her iconic message

Votes for Women

her last

to a King who should have listened

then she stumbled

under his horse


she never spoke again

never smiled again

never again smelt the freshness of rain

nor heard the June birdsong

outside her window at the Cottage Hospital


a much maligned heroine of her time

a heroine of our time

a voice that lives on


a voice not just for women



Audrey Ardern-Jones



Tattenham Corner was first published in 2013 at the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison's death and was showcased at an event at Bourne Hall, Ewell. #RememberEmily



“Ardern-Jones is a poet with an artist’s painterly sensibility, a musician’s fine ear, a nurse’s affinity for strangers and their plight. Poems for the ear, poems of language – Polish and Bemba, Portuguese and English. An intelligent, finely crafted poetry of curiosity and caring, of listening and loving, of humour and hope.” Paul Stephenson


Audrey Ardern-Jones spent her childhood in Africa where her English father and Polish mother were posted. She’s enjoyed a wonderful nursing career, specialising in cancer genetics. Audrey has always loved the Arts and founded The Poetry & Music Ensemble in 1984.

Her poems are widely published and have won prizes or been commended in international competitions. Currently, she is Artist in Residence at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and is an active supporter of poetry projects in her community of Epsom & Ewell.


Credit: Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd.


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