Review: Next To Me A Robin by Ros Brady
PUBLISHED: 14:51 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:51 26 May 2015
Annette Shaw reviews Next To Me A Robin by Ros Brady
Writings From The Woods and Fields of Dartington Hall Estate Devon: 2006-2009
Published by Barrow Court Press. Paperback £ 8
Great Hall Event at Dartington Ways With Words Festival - 8 pm Sunday July 6th 2015
Ros will be performing as a song-writer and reading excerpts from her new book and launching her first book of lyrics at this event
Inspired by the landscape and biodiversity of Dartington Hall Estate, Devon. The author takes you by the hand, leads you to a quiet place and a vibrant encounter with the natural world.
When Ros Brady first walks into the rain and the sun of a Devon summer and stands among the wild flowers in the fields searching for peace and a sense of belonging, the young writer and the rolling half-wild, half-farmed landscape of Dartington are joined in an experience that will haunt her forever. These are her writings in poetry and prose. Pencilled outdoors on scraps of paper they lead the reader, young or old, on her trail through the ash copses in storm, in the heat of summer, among the birds, the wild animals, the river and streams in rain and hail, at day-break and night. “Next To Me, A Robin” was written during a difficult time in Ros’s life. “I was losing my ability to see. All I wanted to do was be out in the wild woods and fields-I would find quiet places observing the wild life and flora. I rediscovered a relationship with nature I had as a child. I hope the book encapsulates a child-like joy in nature.”
In this unusual book the protagonist sets up a special relationship with her readers and invites them to enter into her place in the landscape. She strikes up a close bond with her reader. Frequent line drawings heighten the texts. They are an integral part of the story and have fully realized the poems.