“The blackbird’s final boast of summer, its song a twine for thoughts to climb and board a vessel of reflection”.
Out now in paperback and Kindle – A Blackbird’s Year: Mind in Nature, ‘significant as a new experiment in creative thought and for furthering our understanding of contemporary nature connection’ – Dr Rebecca Welshman.
Bounded by the blackbird’s song, this is a story of a unity of life, mind and nature. For a journey of discovery is not just to wild landscapes, but finding wilderness in simple places close to home.
“A Blackbird’s Year explores how mind and nature inhabit one another – how experiencing nature illuminates the subtle nature of being and the processes of mind. Guided by the philosophy of the Victorian naturalist and philosopher Richard Jefferies, this atmospheric and unique account takes time to consider the reality of individual trees, birds, and other natural phenomena.” – Dr Rebecca Welshman – co-author Richard Jefferies: an Anthology (2010).
Illustrated by Danielle Callaghan © 2014
Excerpt from Chapter 4 – Biopsychophysis
“That night I was held firm to the ground in the silent darkness. At five, a robin lowered its rope of song and my mind climbed its strands until I was on its perch watching the sound work its way through the air, like plasma filaments extending to illuminate a willing ear. It continued to sing alone for sometime, until, in the distance, a blackbird harpooned the sky, causing others to cast forth their lines and capture the morning.”
A playlist to accompany A Blackbird’s Year