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Words: Yusef Sayed
Featured in the November 2012 issue

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On The Other Side by Tina Negus
Published by Indigo Dreams, Price £7.99

This poetry collection is thoughtfully structured in a way that gives it a sense of being neatly contained, while the poems are imbued with a sense of the universal, tackling grand themes. From the first poem, ‘Origins’, to the closing lines of ‘To one end only’, author Tina Negus achieves a captivating balance between the elemental and the everyday. ‘We Cro-Magnons with digital cameras’ are but a small part of a vast natural world and rich history, which takes as its subject matter a diverse range of archaic, mythological and contemporary references. Negus’ verse delights in the tactile, conveying textures, smells and sensuous encounters with nature, which is little surprise coming from a writer who is also a noted photographer and painter with a degree in Natural Sciences. There is some dizzying, dark imagery and blunt language in these works, which only makes the spiritual reflections and charms of mother earth more refreshing when they emerge. Our bloody past is not ignored, as in ‘Lest we forget’, nor our individual relationship with death, but the ways in which the majesty of the land is conveyed, as well as the charming quotidian details make for an impressive style. Negus’ words would be very much welcome in our quarterly Lincolnshire Poacher publication.

THE RIVER WELLAND BY DOROTHEA PRICE
Published by Amberley Publishing Ltd, Price £14.99

The onward flow of time is perhaps nowhere more suitably conveyed than in the history of a river, the most apt of all metaphors for the unavoidable changes that occur over the years to the landscape and the people. As part of Amberley Publishing’s Waterways Range, local author Dorothea Price has updated her book on the River Welland, charting its course through the Deepings throughout the centuries, from prior to the Canal Age, to its significance in the eras of river commerce. The book, which is richly illustrated with photographs of the waterways, mills and people which have populated the Welland since the early 1900s – as well as poems and other ephemera – will no doubt be of particular interest to residents of Stamford, Market Deeping, Deeping St James and Spalding. Documenting the role that the river has played as part of community life, such as its use for sport and fishing, the damage wrought by the floods along the river has also been captured through personal reminiscences and press archives.

LINCOLNSHIRE’S FARM ANIMALS – A BRIEF HISTORY
BY CATHERINE WILSON OBE
Published by The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Price £8.95

Most Lincolnshire Life readers would no doubt have little difficulty in reeling off a list of our county’s native breeds of farm animals. Many, we hope, will have had their interests piqued by recent articles such as our interview with James Chantry, and might wish to learn more. This colourful and informative booklet, co-authored with Sue and Alan Stennett, provides a perfect primer on Lincolnshire’s farm animals. You will learn about the Curly Coat pigs and the Lincoln Red cattle, as well as the tireless breeders who have worked hard through good times and bad to assure that the quality of our county’s livestock is recognised as far afield as possible.

BOOK NEWS
Bookmark in Spalding will welcome two very special guests in November: The Radio 4 broadcaster and presenter of BBC1’s ‘The Holiday Programme’, Charlie Connelly will be visiting on 13th November at 7.15pm to talk about his latest book ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, in which he sets off on the trail of our national obsession – the weather. Paddy Ashdown will return to the shop on 28th November, to speak about ‘A Brilliant Little Operation: The Cockleshell Heroes and the Most Daring Raid of World War II’, which tells the story of the canoe raid on German ships in the Bordeaux harbour. Tickets for both events are £3.50 to include a glass of wine or juice. Tel: 01775 769231.

Waterstones High Street welcomes popular sci-fi author Peter F Hamilton on 1st November at 7pm. His latest book ‘Great North Road’, a police procedural set in Newcastle 200 years hence, would be a good introduction for all those readers looking for a new name to read in the genre.

Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood, based in the School of Media at the University of Lincoln have recently published ‘Cloud Time’, through Zero Books. A provocative text, the book engages with what they perceive to be the troublesome effects of contemporary media culture. http://www.zero-books.net/books/cloud-time

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