The Last to Leave


Margaret Clough

“Margaret Clough’s poems are poignant and hilarious; an indispensable guide to being the last to leave.” Finuala Dowling

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The Last to Leave is Margaret Clough’s second collection of poetry. These poems follow on from her first extremely popular collection, At Least the Duck Survived (2011) in that the light, warm-hearted tone continues as does Clough’s engagement with aging and mortality. These poems are a tonic and leave the reader feeling refreshed, saddened and better off.

Clough has participated in The Franschoek Literary Festival, and has been invited to a number of reading engagements in the Western Cape, including the McGregor Poetry Festival. Her books sell out every time she reads.


Critics had this to say about her previous collection: At Least the Duck survived

“a wry, humorous collection of poetry with a twinkle in its eye and a spring in its step. Poetry for the young at heart, and for those facing old age, but with attitude.”  Litnet

“joyful and plump with life” The Cape Times

The Last to Leave is Margaret Clough’s second volume of poetry.

Margaret Clough

Margaret Clough

Margaret Clough grew up in Wellington. After studying at UCT, she worked as a Science teacher, soil chemist and food technologist. She has been published in Litnet, South Africa Writing and Carapace.