Megan with a baby sparrow which she saved and reared

Megan Young was an equine veterinary surgeon, a poet, a musician, a wife, a mother, and a passionate horsewoman. She died from a form of cancer known as Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) aged 32. This means that it was not possible to target treatment at the primary tumour, as is usually the way, because that tumour could not be found. Megan died four months after diagnosis. She was my daughter. After her death, at her wish, I published some of her poetry in a book, Wordsmith: The Gift of a Soul, weaving her remarkable life story around her writings.

Throughout her life, Megan displayed an enormous empathy with the natural world and with all living creatures in it. This love is reflected in her poetry. Her writing is suffused with an awareness of the spirit yet it is grounded in the reality of her life as a scientist and equine vet.

Since the book was published a poetry prize has been established in her name at Megan’s former school in Cambridge – the Perse School for Girls now known as the Stephen Perse Foundation. Some of Megan’s writing has also been included in a recent book about one of her passions, Exmoor ponies. The Exmoor Pony Chronicles by Sue Baker is a miscellany of all things Exmoor pony – the cultural heritage of a rare and fascinating breed.