Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stories for the solstice

Words can be like wild birds: they need to fly, to be released onto whatever currents may carry them away.  I like to imagine words scattered into the winter air and abandoned to chance, landing where they will.

So here, released into the darkening sky so that they might briefly find a place to roost, is a collection of my essays and prose from 2012; articles published elsewhere than on this blog.  This LINK (Click here) should allow you to view or to download an e-book of selected articles, to give you something to read on dark winter nights.  If you do access it, I'd appreciate a comment to let me know.  If for some reason you can't, then let me know so that I might send you a copy by email.

With  best wishes to you all for 2013.

10 comments:

  1. What a lovely, lovely solstice gift. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you Ian. I'll enjoy immersing myself in more of your beautiful writing over the festive season.

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  3. What a beautiful solstice gift :) Thank you!

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    1. Thanks to all of you for your kind words; I hope you enjoy these over the holiday period!

      With all best wishes

      Ian

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  4. Ian,

    I've just finished reading 'Cutting Wood' over at EarthLines and have left a comment there, but wanted to let you know how deeply affected I was by the piece - by all your work in fact. 'Cutting Wood' brought back to me my journey across the moors and bogs and fields of the north with my father this summer; it brought back to me the sense of things going missing, casually put down until years later you realise they're no longer there; it brought back to me the wonder and gifts of childhood that I was fortunate to experience in the freedom I had to roam and make a home in the dells and fields of southern Ontario. Your writing is a gift in itself, marvellous and stirring, that unfolds the world for me in ways that are kindred and consoling. Your words bring me home in their sensibility and candour. For me this time of year has always been one of reflection, and the story of your father is the perfect starting point, like the beginning of path that winds into the distance. Thank you.

    Best wishes and enjoy the holidays,

    Julian

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    1. Hi Julian

      Thanks for your kind words (once again!). At some point when I was writing 'cutting wood', I thought of your trip across the moors with your father this summer, and I hoped that the piece would resonate with you. You are lucky to have a father very much alive and active, and I sense that you appreciate that.
      Getting to read your writing and communicate with you has been a real highlight for me this year; a sense of a kindred writing spirit. I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable break, and I'm sure we'll be in touch again in 2013!

      very best wishes

      Ian

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  5. Have just downloaded your e-book, Ian. Tempted to sit down with it immediately but have a deadline for a piece of writing.

    I just wanted to say thank you so much; a quick glance shows its beauty and sensitivity. This needs to be hard copy! (I'd buy it, and for friends - and that's a compliment from a small-incomed freelance who lives on air, a few home-grown veg, and wild foraging!)

    Your blog always moves me. As a lifelong countrydweller, I'm as gutted as you are by the dire and mindless practices of our supposed guardians of the rural life (thinking about the crows - heartbreaking - I've a prose poem I wrote on just that).

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Roselle. I can tell from your blog that we share the same passionate interest in the outdoors, albeit at opposite ands of the country.
      I am thinking of self-publishing a hard copy - I much prefer the real thing in my hands.....

      With all best wishes

      Ian

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  6. Hi Ian,
    Stumbled across your writing whilst exploring our local literary scene. It is beautiful - resonates so well with me, the feel of the land and how it inspires thought and recollections.
    I wondered whether you'd been to writers' workshops, and found them useful.
    Sulwen (Brathay!)

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    1. Hello Sulwen - how nice to hear from you after many years! I'd be interested to hear more about the literary scene in the south lakes.
      I've never attended any form of workshops on writing, nor have I been involved in any local writers' groups, although there is one here in West Cumbria. I guess it's a personal choice, although many people report that both can be highly rewarding and help one to move on in writing.
      With all best wishes

      Ian

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