It is with deep shock and regret that the Vaughan Association
announces the death of its founder and friend, the poet Anne Cluysenaar. As you
may have heard, Anne was murdered at her home outside Llantrisant near Usk on
Saturday 1st November and was named this morning (as Mrs Anne
Jackson) by Gwent police. Anne Cluysenaar was born in Belgium, educated in
Ireland and Scotland, and taught stylistics and creative writing at universities in
England before moving to Wales as a freelance poet and guest lecturer in
creative writing at Cardiff University. She published more than a dozen volumes
of poetry and was an admired teacher and mentor of other poets, nationally and internationally.
Together with Peter Thomas of Cardiff University (who died from cancer last month), Anne founded
the Usk Valley Vaughan Association and co-edited the journal Scintilla for nearly twenty years. She
was committed to the combination of creative, critical and reflective writing,
as well as the visual arts, brought together in the journal and in the annual
colloquia of the Association. Anne was a person of great calm, human sympathy
and good humour; she found her poetic inspiration in the natural world
(particularly horses) as well as the spirituality of everyday lives. She will
be much missed.
Anne’s funeral will now be held at noon on Friday, 12 December at the Parish Church of Usk.