Join Margaret on her
gentle journey through the year and enjoy her enchanting portrait of the life
she observed around her.
An Illustrated Journal of the Jurassic Coast & Countryside
by Margaret I.
illustrated journal has been discovered. It was originally written and
painted to celebrate the beauty of Devonshire. When Margaret Pogson feared she
would have to move far away and lose her beloved West Country home, she decided
to write this journal as a permanent record of her love of Devon.
captured a whole year in words and pictures and it eventually took her six years
to complete the detailed work. The journal then remained hidden for thirty years.
As the delicate watercolours had been concealed for decades they are as fresh
today as the day they were painted. My Devonshire Year is an evocative
account of Margaret Pogson’s timeless observations of the natural history along
the coastline and countryside of Devon’s Jurassic Coast.
watercolours feature fishing boats on the seashore, winding country lanes, green
fields and red cliffs. Inspired by nature, her seasonal illustrations of the plants
and wild flowers in the meadows and hedgerows are particularly beautiful. The
book is a remarkable record of what the Jurassic coast and countryside looked
like in 1979 long before it was designated as a World Heritage Coast.
It is a time capsule of the unspoilt cliffs and beaches before recent erosion
and cliff falls have changed its appearance for ever.
• 224 illustrations including 220 in colour • 32,000 words • Hardback • 245mm
x 175mm • 170gsm paper • ISBN 978-0-9568464-4-0 • RRP£20.00
It is a calm and peaceful world that evokes
the natural beauty of Devon. Her personal journal of the shifting seasons is a
beautiful record of another time, another place….
LOVES MY DEVONSHIRE YEAR…!
“My Devonshire Year is not only
well written and wonderfully illustrated; it provides an important
historical record of a Devon part of which is vanishing fast.
This is a book to read slowly; to dip in and out of and to savour
and to read with the seasons. It is a book for the Devon connoisseur
and the Devon beginner and celebrates an endangered way of life.
It is full of colour and of wisdom. It is, quite simply, a delight.”
David Fursdon DL, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant
“A labour of love - a handwritten diary
full of beautiful watercolour images of Devon's flora and fauna….
Laura Dale, Devon Life “A gift for being able to paint pictures
in words…the book is beautifully illustrated but the words and
the way she describes things are beautiful in their own way…it
really is fantastic…She has an understanding of the natural
world around her…..a lovely piece of work.” Rick
Edwards, BBC Radio Devon
“My Devonshire Year is, in my opinion,
an altogether more relevant book to our lives than Country Diary,
being a wonderfully evocative celebration of Devonshire, written
within our lifetime. If it is as popular as I predict then this
new book is heading for the Bestseller Lists before too long.”
Robert Jarman, Editor, Vintage Magazine
“What a heart-warming tale…Book of the
year…a remarkable, and very charming, illustrated diary of a
year in the Devon countryside” Becky
Sheaves, Editor, West magazine, Western Morning News on Sunday
“My Devonshire Year, a book celebrating
the beauty of our coastline and countryside….the book that brings
Devon’s coastline to life.” Karen
Perrow, Dartmouth Chronicle/Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette
beautiful insight into this glorious county , a delight”
Caroline Quentin, Actress
it is beautiful! I started to read it in bed and it actually
brought tears to my eyes! It made me yearn for my childhood
in gentler times.
The exquisite illustrations reminded me of the Sundays spent
with my father and brother walking through the sublime Devon
coast and countryside. The thrill of seeing the flowers he'd
pointed out and whose names I had forgotten …wonderful names
like Creeping Cinquefoil and Streaked Cranesbill! The rituals
of picking snowdrops, primroses, pussy willow catkins and bluebells
…making sure we never took bulbs and leaving plenty for others
to enjoy. Collecting conkers sweet chestnuts and beech nuts
shells and mushrooms . Hearing the plaintive cry of curlew and
the tell -tale drilling of a distant Woodpecker. It is so easy
to forget these simple treasures when you live in this glorious
county …thank you Margaret for reminding me!”
Judi Spiers, Broadcaster
• 285 illustrations including 192 in colour •80,000 words • Hardback • 300mm x
237mm •157gsm paper • ISBN 978-1-85149-726-3 RRP £25.00 | ||
AN ENCHANTED PLACE - Joslin Fiennes
by the Antique Collectors’ Club in association with Richard Webb, Dartmouth
The harbour town of Dartmouth has always attracted writers and artists,
drawn to the peace and solitude of the river Dart and the Devon hills beyond.
Agatha Christie, Daniel Defoe, Robert Graves, John Masefield, Christopher Milne
and Flora Thompson all wrote about the area, some of them making it their home
for many years.
Artists such as J.M.W. Turner and Lucien Pisarro recorded
their impressions of Dartmouth’s natural beauty and their legacy is continued
today by many more, including Bridget McCrum and the famous ‘Dartmouth Five’ –
John Donaldson, Simon Drew, John Gillo, Andras Kaldor and Paul Riley.
Dartmouth – An Enchanted Place includes many examples of work by the writers
and artists of this part of the world, including the poets Brian Patten, Alice
Oswald and Kevin Pyne.
Even one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Pilgrims was the
‘Shipman’ from Dartmouth. More than that, it records the history of the port,
whose sailors were among the first to explore the Atlantic and whose merchants
set up trading routes to North America and helped to establish the mighty port
wine trade with Portugal.
Dartmouth was the point of departure for ships for the Second
and Third Crusades, the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower and Speedwell, part of
the D-Day invasion fleet and many other historic voyages of exploration and adventure.
Stories of local entrepreneurs such as Thomas Newcomen, who invented
the atmospheric steam engine, are recounted alongside the town’s experience in
wartime and its long association with the Royal Navy and the Britannia Royal Naval
Joslin Fiennes has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge
University and a PhD in economics from George Washington University. During the
1960s she was a writer, publishing short stories, principally about Africa. She
then worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC for more than
a quarter of a century. As such, Dartmouth – An Enchanted Place marks her
return to writing. She has lived in the coastal town for over a decade and researching
this book has given her a richer understanding of a much-loved place.
‘It's a beautiful book – entertainingly written, full
of interesting facts and lavishly illustrated.’ Su Carroll,
Western Morning News
'Dartmouth has been a town of kings
and princes, pirates and smugglers, explorers and inventors. Artists, writers
and poets are part of the town s rich history. Author Joslin Fiennes has presented
us with her sumptuous book on the town and its special place in both time and
place. It is packed with pictures and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride
of facts from Chaucer to D-Day and beyond... capturing the people and events which
have helped forge the unique identity of the town along the way' Steve
Peacock, Dartmouth Chronicle & South Hams Gazette
not often I have a Wow! reaction to a book, but 'DARTMOUTH An Enchanted Place'
by Joslin Fiennes deserves no less a reaction. This is a truly beautiful book,
a masterpiece of academic research and a treasure that I know I'll be re-reading
over and over until the binding falls apart' Robert Hart-Fletcher
CHRONICLES OF DARTMOUTH An Historical Yearly Log 1955-2010 - Phil Scoble Foreword
by Simon Drew
The years 1955 to 2010 have been ones filled
with change both for the infrastructure and society of the beautiful town of Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth Chronicle has documented the trials and tribulations,
the tragedies and the triumphs of the town and its people over this period, changing
with the times, reflecting its moods and championing its causes.
Chronicles of Dartmouth Volume 2 uses the newspaper’s archives to follow on
from the first volume by eminent historian Don Collinson.
on telling the story from the perspective of the town’s people – showing the strength
and character imbedded deep in its community – Phil Scoble brings a humanity and
gentle wit to the changes and trials they face.
Featuring pictures taken
from the paper’s archive, the Totnes Image Bank and the Dartmouth Museum, this
is a beautifully presented, unique and personal journey through the changing face
of Dartmouth over the last fifty five years.
The definitive account
of Dartmouth’s modern history, the Chronicles of Dartmouth 1955–2010 is
a loving and engaging read about this much-loved town.
wonderful book complete with fascinating photographs." Simon
including colour endpapers • 627 illustrations including over 400 in colour •
130,000 words including comprehensive index • 6 chapters plus 3 appendices • 296mm
x 208mm • 115gsm paper • ISBN 978-0-9568464-2-6 RRP £15.00
• 86 illustrations in colour & b/w including map • 18 chefs and restaurants •
perfect bound paperback • 240 x 170mm • 130gsm paper • ISBN 978-0-9568464-1-9
Out of Print | ||
Over 50 Recipes From Dartmouth's Top Chefs
Foreword by Joyce Molyneux
Dartmouth is now a `foodie` destination, famous for its award winning restaurants
and annual Food Festival.
This book captures
all the flavours and atmosphere of this culinary town, featuring its top chefs
and over fifty of their delicious recipes. Bon
Preface by Dee Nutt of Dartmouth Caring
Introductions by Tom Jaine and Pat Candy
Map of Dartmouth’s restaurants
Powerful photos and profiles of Dartmouth’s top chefs by Phil Scoble
Over 50 mouthwatering recipes – specially contributed by all the chefs.
Superb food photography by Debbie Jones of Imaging Essence.
All net revenue and royalties to Dartmouth Caring – Supporting Our Community
OF THE SOUTH HAMS
The Towns, Countryside and Coastline Nigel Evans |
Foreword by Jonathan Dimbleby
“I hope this book gives you a taste of the
flavour and atmosphere of the South Hams. I don’t pretend to have covered every
aspect or village of the area but hope there is something for residents to savour
and for visitors to take home and relive some happy times and maybe inspire others
to make a visit to this unique and outstanding piece of England.” So writes Nigel
Evans in his Introduction to this book.
The South Hams forms part of
the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes some of the most
attractive coastline, countryside and estuaries that can be found in Great Britain.
Nigel Evans’s photographic journey reveals this beautiful landscape
at its best. The towns of Totnes, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge all have
chapters of their own featuring some of Nigel’s unique images.
of his book also include the enchantment of the River Dart valley, the sweep of
Start Bay, and the attractions of the Salcombe/Kingsbridge estuary. The
mystery of Burgh Island and the delights of Bantham beach are followed by the
charm of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo.
• 184 illustrations in colour including map • 14,600 words • 10 chapters • Hardback
250 x 250mm • 140gsm paper • ISBN 978-0-9568464-0-2 RRP £9.99
photos of The National Trust properties of Greenway, Coleton Fishacre and Overbecks
capture their unique spirit and will remind visitors of enjoyable days spent in
these historic houses and gardens. The images of the South Hams in this book will
be your personal record of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that was designated
as such for ‘its rugged cliff s, sandy coves, peaceful countryside, pretty villages,
rolling hills and secretive estuaries.’
think of no better way of celebrating the wonder and delight of our precious heritage
than Nigel Evans’ glorious and revealing photographic portrait of the South Hams.’
Jonathan Dimbleby from his Foreword.
including 6 page fold-out • 176 illustrations in colour including map • 17,500
words including historical footnotes and index • Hardback 250x250mm ISBN 978-0-9536361-9-8
Out of Print | ||
Images of The River, Town and Coastline - Nigel Evans
Foreword by Nigel JM
“A very hot and still day I remember. I stood in this spot next to Bayard’s
Cove Fort for sometime after taking this photograph just soaking up the atmosphere
(and the heat!). One of those perfect English days that makes you glad to be alive.”
so writes Nigel Evans in one of the many personal comments that caption all his
outstanding photos in this book.
Some of his images shimmer with morning
mists and others glitter with evening sunlight. Some were taken at dawn from the
top of the nearby hills and others at dusk down by the timeless river Dart. All
have made use of the special quality of light found in Dartmouth and along the
nearby coast. Dartmouth is a very special and much loved town in a magnificent
setting at the mouth of the beautiful river Dart.
It is also a working
port, a sailing centre, the home of the Britannia Royal Naval College and a town
with an astonishing history and many old and interesting buildings. Packed with
pubs, restaurants, galleries and shops it is popular with visitors all the year
round with the famous Dartmouth Royal Regatta being the highlight Along the coastline,
in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, there are some equally attractive
beaches and villages.
To encompass all this in one book and retain the spirit of Dartmouth has been
a challenge but Nigel Evans has accomplished it in style. Some of the most eye-catching
and evocative images of Dartmouth, Kingswear, Dittisham and the South Hams coastline
ever taken can be found within the pages of this lavishly illustrated book.
The three dramatic fold-out panoramas that are included display Nigel Evans’
special photographic skills and enhance the impressive content of this breathtaking
book even more. Historical footnotes add to the interest of this fascinating stroll
round Dartmouth and journey along the coast. “ The magic of Dartmouth is intensified
by the natural photography of Nigel Evans – he has captured all its moods from
early morning sunrises to baking hot midsummer days, mists rolling in, squally
showers, dimpsy evenings (my mum's word) and moonlit nights.
all here for you. It's taken me 25 years and I have still not seen it all!” Nigel
Way from his Foreword
beautiful collection of some of the finest photos of the town you will see. This
is the Dartmouth of your mind's eye, the Dartmouth you think of as you tell friends
of its beauty and intoxicating views. This is the book that sums up why people
love Dartmouth and this area of the South Hams. If you want a book that sums up
the loveliness and beguiling nature of Dartmouth, this is it. This is the Dartmouth
of your dreams, and it doesn't disappoint. Phil Scoble,
awe inspiring! Words cannot describe the magnificence of this book.” DARTMOUTH
“Breathtakingly beautiful images
captured in one beautiful book – a masterpiece of photography for everyone who
loves Dartmouth and the River Dart.” DARTMOUTH
“This spectacular book…..every
page is a visual feast….this is a must-have book if you live in Dartmouth or wish
to retain memories of your visit here.” BY THE
“The ultimate photographic study
of the town.” Rob Wheeler, SOUTH HAMS RADIO
“The magic of Dartmouth is captured in all its glory”
“All the sparkling jewels of Dartmouth and its surrounding
coastline have been captured in a new book of stunning images.”
Colin Bradley, WESTERN MORNING NEWS
“Some outstanding photographic
pieces and some magnificent views of Dartmouth including a spectacular six page
centrefold of Dartmouth's entire waterfront.” Hilary Bastone,
"Photographic tour de force....bestselling
tome is back on the bookshelves by popular demand." WESTERN
two World Wars also left their mark on the College and their impact is assessed.
The first conflict saw the early mobilisation of the College for war, whilst the
second witnessed the bombing of the College itself. Finally the day to day life
of the College, throughout a century punctuated by change, is examined to prove
that the fundamental values of tradition, respect and leadership remain as valid
today as one hundred years ago.
ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, DARTMOUTH|
An Illustrated History - Dr Jane Harrold and
Dr Richard Porter
Foreword by H.R.H.The Duke of Edinburgh
2005 Britannia Royal Naval College celebrated 100 years of officer training and
education at the shore-based establishment in Dartmouth. As part of the year long
commemorations of the centenary of BRNC, Dr Jane Harrold and Dr Richard Porter
have written a definitive history of the College, the genesis of Royal Naval Officers
throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.
of BRNC is recounted focusing on the people and events that have shaped the College
and the Royal Navy over a hundred years, beginning with life for the cadets on
board the College’s predecessors HMS Britannia and HMS Hindostan, before exploring
the impressive Edwardian architecture of Aston Webb’s College, examining the development
of naval education, from 1902 up to the present day restructuring of the syllabus
and academic faculty.
The College has always enjoyed a close association
with the Royal Family, three twentieth century monarchs having received a Dartmouth
education, in addition to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales and
HRH the Duke of York.
• 323 Illustrations incl. 118 in colour 32 in sepia and 173 in black and white
85,000 words • Hardback 279mm x 279mm ISBN 978-0-9536361-7-4 3rd edition RRP:
RESEARCH ASSOCIATION SIR ROBERT CRAVEN TROPHY 2005
formidable tome is a historical triumph.” Devon
“…a lavish all-embracing history…”
This England “This elegant history…for anyone interested in the education of sea
officers, this book provides a fascinating insight…”
“The quality of the
production, the splendid illustrations and a text that really does convey the
message, all add up to a powerful record…a highly impressive and professional
publication.” Roy Clare, Director of the National
“This lavish hardback is
of interest on several levels. Anyone interested in the Royal Navy will love it,
as will those who attended the college – and it's also of great local interest.”
BBC Devon Bookshelf
highly-readable tome…” Colin Bradley, Western
“…a magnificent illustrated
history…” Hilary Bastone, Herald Express
“…this book has done a grand job. Packed with impressive
photographs and pictures, it is a beautifully presented tome” Kate
Cotton, Dartmouth Chronicle
official history…” Helen Craven, Navy News
“With most interesting appendices, this beautifully
presented volume is well worth the price and is a fitting publication at the centenary
of the BRNC.” Royal Naval Sailing Association
• 468 illustrations incl. 45 in colour 125,000 words • Hardback 295mm x 210mm
ISBN 0-07536361-0-0 3rd edition RRP: £15.00 | ||
CHRONICLES OF DARTMOUTH An Historical Yearly Log 1854 – 1954 - Don Collinson
Foreword by Sir Geoffrey Newman
This is the story
of Dartmouth and Kingswear over the most eventful hundred year period of their
existence based on eye witness accounts of people there at the time, with detailed
facts for reference and nostalgic photos to enjoy.
of Dartmouth is an absorbing account of a unique place loved by many for its
history, beauty and charm.
A kaleidoscope of everyday life in the harbour
and communities on both sides of the river Dart, assembled from the outstanding
journalistic talent contained in the early volumes of The Dartmouth Chronicle
and lavishly illustrated with fascinating photographs – most of which are previously
The book features both the personalities and stories behind
the development of the shipping and coaling trades, the mail and river steamers,
the ferries, the railway, local mansions, regattas, yacht clubs and the Britannia
Royal Naval College.
“Don Collinson has written an outstanding portrayal of
everyday life around the Dart, interspersed with fascinating photographs and incredible
accounts of the characters and industry which have made this port so famous.”
Sir Geoffrey Newman.
BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2000 THE DEVON HISTORY SOCIETY
“A book that no lover of the town and its past should
be without.“ Jan Barwick DEVON LIFE
“A meticulously researched piece of local history of
interest to all Devonians.“ Peter Cave DEVON TODAY
“It is well presented, the quality is good … and is
overall a very stylish publication. “ Ian Maxted
DEVON COUNTY LOCAL STUDIES LIBRARIAN
anybody who loves the Dart, this book is a ‘must’. It is not only a book to read,
it is a book to which you will want to keep handy to refer to from time to time.”
Dick Parkes HERALD EXPRESS
“A fascinating read for anyone with even the slightest interest
in the River Dart and its history … The excellent illustrations and photographs
will bring the reader back to the book again and again.
“ Ray Humphries TIDELINES, DART ESTUARY
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT NEWSLETTER
must surely be the definitive book of Dartmouth and Kingswear during the period
1854-1954.” Gina Coles DARTMOUTH CHRONICLE
“The ideal gift for the man or woman who has everything
THE CHRONICLES OF DARTMOUTH.
outstanding contribution to the history of the town, a book to be treasured by
Dartmothians everywhere.” John Pike HERALD EXPRESS
“This book is aimed at those who have visited Dartmouth
and fallen in love 4with the place; they will not be disappointed.” David
Bailey SOUTH WEST SOUNDINGS
AND ITS NEIGHBOURS A History Of The Port And Its People - Ray Freeman
Ray Freeman brings to life the way people have lived in
Dartmouth from prehistoric times to the present day. Based on detailed research
into local documents, contemporary maps, old prints, photographs and oral evidence
this book includes 18 chapters, over 100 carefully chosen illustrations and 25
Some of the subjects covered include Chaucer`s Shipman
inspired by Dartmouth`s pirates John Hawley, the town`s most distinguished citizen,
MP, Mayor and benefactor. Gilbert and Raleigh sailing from the Dart to found England`s
first colonies. Newcomen`s Atmospheric Engine: the Industrial Revolution Nineteenth
century: the railway, Britannia and the bunkering trade World Wars: bombs on the
town and the D-Day fleet leaving for Normandy Dartmouth since 1945 to the present
day Ray Freeman is a history graduate from Durham University who came to Devon
in 1964 to become head of history at a local grammar school.
a respected local historian, author and founded the Dartmouth History Research
“a rich source of surprise and
interest to Dartmothians” WESTERN MORNING NEWS
“a fascinating insight into the life of the town” EXPRESS
“a well researched treasure trove of local history”
illustrated in black & white with colour endpapers and cover Hardback • 245x184mm
ISBN 978-095363616-7 4th edition Out of Print
pages including 8 in colour plus colour endpapers • 70 illustrations including
21 in colour and 5 maps • 73,000 words and a comprehensive index • Hardback 234x156mm
ISBN 978-0-9536361-8-1 RRP: £2.99
HAWLEY Merchant, Mayor And Privateer - Michael Connors
Foreword by Sir Geoffrey
John Hawley was a Dartmouth merchant who became a privateer admiral and was the
scourge of the Bretons during the middle part of the Hundred Years War.
He effectively ran Dartmouth for nearly forty years, serving as its mayor fourteen
times and representing it in Parliament for four terms.
He became a public
hero and yet was for a time imprisoned in the Tower of London. He almost certainly
met Geoffrey Chaucer, of whom he was a close contemporary, and was probably the
object of the satirical portrait of the rascally Shipman in The Canterbury Tales.
Dartmouth occupied an important place in the life of the English nation during
Hawley’s lifetime, its shifting population confronting war and pestilence with
a dogged resilience, led by a group of confident oligarchs of which John Hawley
was the undisputed and charismatic leader.
He lived his whole life in
a time of war, albeit one punctuated by edgy and often unreliable truces. He shone
brightly at that time and in that place because a combination of political, economic,
and other factors created unique challenges and opportunities to which he responded
with a brilliant energy.
This is the story of a terrible time, an exciting
place and an extraordinary man.
“Compelling and well-researched tome.” Colin
Bradley, WESTERN MORNING NEWS
“If you are interested in
finding out about times past in Dartmouth then this book is a must.” DARTMOUTH
“Scholarly and meticulously researched book.” BY
“This wondrous book…” DARTMOUTH
“…authoritative and extremely enjoyable new biography…”
Ian McGregor, DARTMOUTH REGATTA PROGRAMME
“With many interesting
maps, illustrations and a useful timeline it covers John Hawley`s remarkable exploits
and achievements.” Hilary Bastone, HERALD EXPRESS
“Describes in detail the fascinating life and times of John Hawley”
“Well researched and scholarly text…very enjoyable.”
Ray Freeman, distinguished local historian and author of
DARTMOUTH AND ITS NEIGHBOURS
“…a fascinating book…meticulous
research and attention to detail…” Sir Geoffrey Newman from
`....a fascinating book...meticulous research and
attention to detail....` SIR GEOFFREY NEWMAN
GHOSTS & MYSTERIES Tales Of The Town And Its Villages - Ken Taylor
Photographs by Valerie Wills Around every corner in
Dartmouth lies a delightful blend of history and mystery .. So begins Ken Taylor’s
exploration of ghosts, witches, ley lines, UFOs, sea monsters and more – in and
around Dartmouth, Devon.
More than thirty locations in Dartmouth are
discussed, with as many again from surrounding villages including Kingswear, Stoke
Fleming, Slapton, Torcross, Blackawton, Cornworthy and Dittisham.
are told in an entertaining and non-judgemental way, with notes on key aspects
and historical context. With many hauntings active at the time of writing, this
is a guidebook to another world. Ken Taylor is an author specialising in spiritual
themes: he has lived in Devon for most of his life, and in Dartmouth for five
years. He notes: “telling a story the way the witness wants, while keeping it
readable, is called (aptly in this case) ghost writing, and this approach created
a book of which we can all feel proud.”
Valerie Wills, the photographer,
lives in Dartmouth, where her family connections go back many years. She studied
photography at Loughton College, Essex covering all aspects of conventional photography
and specialising in printing techniques and design.
Ken Taylor delivers above and beyond any expectations you may have for this type
of work.....he embraces his subject matter with passion, curiosity and dedication,
as illustrated in every tale he has to tell." Journal
of Investigative Psychical Research
• 32 illustrations incl. 5 in colour 52,000 words • Hardback • 245mm x 165mm ISBN
0-07536361-5-1 RRP: £10.00
• 4 illustrations incl. 3 in colour Hardback • 210mm x 150mm ISBN 0-07536361-2-7
4th impression RRP: £2.99 | ||
UP THE RIVER And 50 Other Poems - Kevin Pyne
“Kevin Pyne’s poems are powerful and original, his images
unexpected and perceptive. He evokes with equal tenderness his love for his dead
wife and his love of the river and the sea. I believe anyone who reads them will
be both touched and profoundly moved by his passion.” David Dimbleby.
Kevin Pyne was born in Dartmouth, Devon in 1950. His father was from an old Dartmouth
family, his mother from County Sligo, Ireland and he has two sisters. Educated
at St Cuthbert Mayne, Torquay, Kevin left school at 16 and has since worked as
a boatman and ferryman on the river Dart for over 35 years.
leave the ferry due to an accident at work, Kevin turned his attention to helping
found the Dart Gig Club and is now an umpire on the Cornish pilot gig circuit.
He has combined this with a love of photography and has a reputation for his fine
rowing pictures which, in addition to the Westcountry, he has taken in the USA,
France, Holland and the Isles of Scilly. Kevin’s life has always been on or near
the water and he has a special attachment to all the ports and harbours of the
Westcountry and respects all those who make their living from the sea.
Kevin's experiences of observing the ever-changing life on the river, his love
of the people and history of the Westcountry, the tragic loss of his wife and
his own brush with death, have all shaped and coloured the many varied poems that
appear in his first published work Further up the River.
recommend these poems above all to anyone who wants to do more than blow through
a place, anyone who has time to sit down and listen a little more deeply to one
of the west's true voices" Alice Oswald, Winner of the 2002
T.S. Eliot Prize
"A beautiful celebration of Westcountry life
.. a tonic for anyone with preconceptions about the world of poetry, the book
is simply devoid of pretension" Vicky Sartain, Devon
"A perfect read ... the poems are powerful and original
and are written with a deep understanding of his work, love and the Westcountry."
"I didn't make it to the end of the first
poem. I had to put the book down because the tears were blinding me ... this (is
a) compassionate work of art ..." Bob Curtis, Herald
"A must for your bookshelf."
Hilary Bastone, Herald Express
have read and re-read the poems. I imagine I will be doing so for many years to
come. They are a source of great enjoyment." Jude Chilvers,
ACROSS THE LINE And Fifty Other Poems - Kevin Pyne|
Pyne’s second book of poems continues the themes of love, water and the Westcountry
began in Further up the River.
He says “Once again I invite you
to come with me, if you will, just a little further on my journey. I like to think
that my book is mostly a thoughtful, happy book that you, a good friend, are sharing.
Or perhaps that you are alongside me or with the people you have chosen to love.
You may be relieved, in part, of the burden of losing someone or thing that you
felt an empathy with or loved when you read my poems. I truly hope so.”
"Undoubtedly ability to put his words into powerful
and perceptIve poetry" Colin Bradley, Western Morning
.. tough unsentimental poems ... an astonishing success
..." Bill Taylor, Editor, The Countryman
Judi Spiers summed up her feelings for Kevin's
poems, saying "I haven’t lost the love of my life, I don’t have a long and passionate
history with the coves of the waterways of the river Dart, I don’t row and I don’t
have children …. that was until I read Kevin Pyne’s poetry and then I’m right
there with him, feeling everything he feels, seeing it all through his eyes.”
• 4 illustrations incl. 3 in colour Hardback • 210mm x 150mm ISBN 0-07536361-4-3
Out of Print