The speaker of “An address from a lectern” is, in my writer-narrator’s mind, a young woman from the Eastern Cape. From the poem itself, I guess it would be difficult to deduce as much – and that she is presenting to an audience in London.
I wished to find a woman speaking from a lectern as the accompanying illustration. Neither my wikimedia commons search with such key words, nor even ‘woman giving speech’, delivered much. I shall let you draw conclusions, if there are any to be drawn about a lack of images of women giving speeches at lecterns.
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