Early responses to Next To Me, A Robin that have been sent from all over the England.
‘Ros Brady’s poetry tumbles like an old spell or a song
harnessed to a page. Her depth of perception and descriptions of the pared back
beauty of the natural world are clear-eyed and unsentimental.’
Naomi Slade (Journalist, The Guardian)
‘Next To Me a Robin’ is an
amazing book! Because I cannot put it down – and in the way it speaks to me so
that I bond with it immediately. In ‘Still Pool Copse’ I found the best description of a Nightjar
song that I have ever heard – and how beautifully simple - ‘The Nightjar
purred’ Thank you for this wonderful
Thank you for your
beautiful book. I've read it cover to
cover and so has my Mum. I couldn't put
it down. I was there.
book speaks straight
to the real self of each of us, almost to give permission to be
able to connect with nature. As children have a natural innocence
show that innocence- they have a magical quality.
Ros Brady moves slowly through the natural
world and observes closely, feels deeply and thinks originally: what could be
more important? Ros shares her relationship with this world
through her vivid writing with its unusual metaphors. Stars are the keys of a
piano; the holly tree scratches the wind; summer unfastens her faded smock: the
reader looks, learns and experiences life in a new way.
The strong line drawings by Simon Barron complement the clarity of the writing
and illuminate this journey into a green and vibrant land.
Kay Dunbar, Ways With Words Festival Director