A perfect day yesterday for the first Wildlife Writing Workshop at the RSPB Loch Leven. I saw my first-ever sighting of the White-tailed Eagle which spread its magnificent wings and sailed above the waters in dazzling sunlight, its white head and rump clearly visible. A special treat for the ten of us trying to capture in words our special relationship with wildlife and nature. We were not disappointed! Inspiration came from red squirrels, gold-crest, kingfishers, mallard, mute and whooper swans, golden-eye, lapwing, pink-footed and grey-lag geese, just to mention a few! Thank you to everyone who shared their writing and inspiration. Here is a brief summary of my day:
“The day began with blackbirds, then the lonesome whoop of the whooper swan on arrival at Loch Leven. I thought the white-tailed eagle was the highlight but then, at close of day, there came the cat’s hiss of a barn owl, its white wings outlined by the moon against a slate blue sky.”
There will be a Spring Wildlife Writing Workshop at RSPB Loch Leven on Sunday, April 17th from 2pm to 4pm. All welcome. Visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/l/lochleven/ for further information.
I will be running a writing workshop for the RSPB at its Loch Leven Nature Reserve on Sunday 22 November from 10 am until 2 pm. Come with pen and paper and a readiness to be inspired by the birdlife and landscape of Loch Leven. Expected sightings include the return of the pink-footed geese, many winter water birds and possibly even the first season’s glimpse of the white tailed eagle. Cost £10.00 per person. Further details to follow shortly here and on the RSPB Loch Leven web-site found here
Child’s Eye is my debut collection of short fiction and poetry. It explores the themes of love and loss told through the eyes of children and family, wildlife and landscape. It also includes Making Mince Pies and Aunt Betty Talking, Anita’s winning entries in the Biscuit International Combo Competition 2012.
What others have said about Child’s Eye:
“Anita’s stories startle us back into all the clear-sight and confusion of childhood. Painful, funny, poignant, and populated by characters with vivid inner worlds; these stories may just have you stamping your foot at unfairness or howling with joy..” Linda Cracknell
“The Kitchen is a powerful and memorable piece of writing. Not the sort of poem you forget.” Helena Nelson
“These Women I’ve Loved is a celebration of love and hope.” Pippa Little
Child’s Eye is available directly from me or from Amazon (see Books to Buy).