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DRUID and local poet Lynda Tallis has had one of her stories turned into an animated film.

The Tree of Life is a morality tale about a farmer who attempts to cut down some sacred greenery, protected by a tree spirit, which was inspired by the recent destruction of the Ring of Oaks in Shirley.

The Tree of Life is a morality tale about a farmer who attempts to cut down some sacred greenery, protected by a tree spirit, which was inspired by the recent destruction of the Ring of Oaks in Shirley.

Now the author, who is a member of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, has had her story turned into a machinima or computer animated short video by pagan filmmaker Celestial Elf.

“It’s unbelievable to see my story brought to life,” said the married mum-of-two, from Olton. “It’s just how I imagined it.”

The film has now been featured on the Woodlands Trust wevsite to promote saving Britain’s ancient woodlands.

Lynda said she had been horrified at Solihull Council’s decision to allow the Shirley oaks to be cut down to make way for the Parkgate development, which also inspired her Old Oak of Shirley poem, recently printed in the Solihull News. “As a druid, we hold oak trees as sacred and so I was very disappointed they were torn down,” she added,

The retired 66-year-old has been writing since she was a child, despite suffering from dyslexia. She is also hoping to get her collection of short stories and poems published.

“I’ve had so many people asking me where they can buy my stories from. I would love to get it published.

“Having dyslexia, I had little self-confidence for years but writing these stories and poems has really helped me.

“Now I’ve sent a few things off to publishers and am even looking into self-publishing to get my humble prose, all misspelt and bad grammar, into one book.”

q Anyone interested in publishing Lynda’s book can email her at brummylady@virginmedia.com. The film can be seen at http://celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.co.uk

 

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