from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Zoom launch for A Spell in the Forest

'The magic of trees. Guides to the wildwood, keepers of mysteries, tellers of tales.'


Trees occupy a place of enormous significance, not only in our planet’s web of life but also in our psyche. A Spell in the Forest - Tongues in Trees is part love-song, part poetic guidebook, and part exploration of thirteen native sacred British tree species. Tongues in Trees is a multi-layered contribution to the current awareness of the importance and significance of trees and the resurgence of interest in their place on our planet and in our hearts.

Well, only two days to go till publication date in the UK (mid-July in the US).

There's 'before the book' and 'after the book' – all I've been able to think of the last few weeks is the amount of publicity my publisher, like almost all publishing houses now except the very biggest corporate presses, requires that I do. I've been asked for blogs, articles, interviews, podcasts – I know, I should be so lucky; but it's exhausting and time-consuming (and unpaid), nonetheless.

And you might have noticed I didn't even manage a poem for the summer solstice.

If you think my new book might be of interest to you, then sign up for our book launch on Thursday July 1st at 7pm BST (UK). It's free but you do need to register. We are inviting donations to my host James Murray-White's campaign Save the Oaks.

You can register here; and read more about the book here. With any luck, we will record the launch and post it online.

I'm very much looking forward to it (with a little trepidation); and James tells me about 100 tickets have gone already.

 Maybe see you; and I'll be back post-launch with, perhaps, a little more diversity of content than recently!

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