A poetry of place, written out of local knowledge, with the insight of an outsider’s sensitized mind. The poems are atmospheric, earthy, imagistic, powerfully suggestive.
Jeremy Hooker, poet and broadcaster
Treasure Ground was published by HappenStance in 2010. It is now out of print.
The poems in Treasure Ground originated during a two-year residency at Woodlands Organic Farm on the Lincolnshire fens – a landscape of wide spaces and colossal skies. The silt fields were reclaimed from the sea by the monks of Crowland Abbey 900 years ago. Today this land is some of the most fertile and vulnerable in Britain.
What people have said about Treasure Ground:
The poems remind me of Auden and J.A. Baker and the art of Eric Ravilious.
Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Places
Assured, precise… the poems deliver much more than their brevity suggests.
Hilary Menos in Sphinx
The poems capture brief, visual and sensual tableaux, with a cinematic sense of light filtering through. A wonderfully evocative and personal record of a very beautiful and haunting part of the world.
Alex McRae in Sphinx