Lynda Tallis’ self-published work features over 60 poems inspired by local nature and druidry, including the ‘Old Oak of Shirley,’ a poem based on the removal of the ancient Ring of Oaks from Shirley Park.
The retired 66-year-old has been writing since she was a child but said being a member of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids had encouraged her to share her work with the world.
According to the 2011 Census, there are 22 druids in Solihull.
“Having dyslexia, I had little self-confidence for years but writing these stories and poems has really helped me,” said the married mum-of-two.
“The Druid Society encourage you to follow the arts and express yourself through writing, music, art. It’s part of being a bard.
“My poems are based on life and philosophy, with an element of protecting Mother Earth and how we are polluting her.
“But there are some more light hearted pieces, like my favourite Kitty Kitty.”
Lynda has already seen some of her work published in the Solihull News, the Woodlands Trust website and others, while her story the Tree of Life, has even been turned into a short, animated film online.
The druid’s first book, is available at www.xlibrispublishing.co.uk while her second, Playing with Words: Storybook, is out in the New Year.
But Lynda recently too ka break from writing to celebrate the Winter Solstice and Yule, the druid version of Christmas, last month.
“We had a solstice meal last night,” she said. “We had the holly and the oaks kings representing the two seasons, and toasted the rebirth of the sun.
“Of course, it’s the dawn of Aquarius, Mars and Jupiter align. We’re all supposed to be getting enlightened.”
But the writer admitted that the Druid celebrations and Christmas weren’t so different after all. “It’s just an excuse to drink some mead,” she added.