“In our modern urban landscapes, birds, and the intersections of their lives with ours, are the most common and obvious manifestations of nature, in all its adaptability and indomitability. DIVERSIFLY catalogues this beautifully in both words and images, with the poetry, from both established names and new, never seeking to separate the manmade and the natural, but instead letting the two bleed into each other. In turns funny, poignant, angry and joyous, DIVERSIFLY is a celebration of the wild world just beyond our front doors.”
Matt Merritt Poet and Editor of Birdwatching Magazine
“This is a book of delights, a rich gem to be cherished and returned to again and again. Poems and images contribute to the wonderful evocation of birds in urban spaces. Each page is worthy of framing. The richness of colour and diversity of the beautifully reproduced artwork is striking – there are stunning pictures of birds produced in digital art, oil paintings and watercolours, woodcuts, line drawings, screen printing, mosaics and photographs. Imagery in the poems is closely observed and make the ordinary extraordinary.“
Sue Mackrell- part of an Everybody’s Reviewing review
The cover image of the Jay is thanks to ATM streetartist
The cover itself is designed by Algimantas Murza
Inside the book you will find commissioned poems by Brian Bilston, Carrie Etter, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kaite O’Reilly, Emma Purshouse, Amaal Said, James Sheard, and Dorothea Smartt.
The artists Giancarlo Facchinetti, Paul Kielty, Adele Pound, Deborah Vass and Gordon Yapp have my sincere thanks for their commissioned work that “filled in the gaps”
But mostly I am delighted to bring the following poets’ and artists’ talents together in this book, with those already named above (the youngest contributor is 10 yrs, the oldest, to my knowledge, is 86 yrs, and there are contributions from all the countries that make Britain great x):
George Aird, Shanta Acharya, Rosemary Appleton, Richard Archer, Ann Bridges, Carole Bromley, Jane Burn, Miki Byrne, Ken Cockburn, Tina Cole, Dan Davis, Kelly Davis, Cherry Doyle, Rhian Elizabeth, Nick Falkowski, Heather Fowler, Tim Gardiner, Aysar Ghassan, Gordon Gibson, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Deborah Harvey, Jen Hawkins, Tony Hay, Penny Hodson, Jonathan Humble, Janet Jenkins, Ali Jones, Nadia Kingsley, Chris Kinsey, Linda Kurowski, Therese Lee, Amelia Loulli, Nico Loulli, Jane Lovell, Kirsten Luckins, Thomas McColl, Sue Mackrell, Alwyn Marriage, Roy Marshall, Mary Matusz, Andrea Mbarushimana, Mark Mennell, Fiona Moore, Steph Morris, Jill Munro, Lisa Osborne, Cheryl Pearson, Jeff Phelps, Frances Rarehare, Brenda Read-Brown, Lynden Rees-Roberts, Susan Richardson, Shauna Robertson, Andrea Robinson, David Rudd-Mitchell, Eileen Schaer, Finola Scott, Derek Sellen, Mark Sheeky, Sue Spawn, Jayne Stanton, Peter Tinkler, Mark Totterdell, Rob Turner, Andrew Tyzack, Lyn White, Dora Williams, Katrinka Wilson, and Sarah Yates.
There will be a visual poetry event at Saboteur Awards Festival day in London 19th May – a six minute 40 japanese style event with Nadia Kingsley and Steph Morris reading poems alongside images from the book. See you there?
This book was made possible through public funding by the Arts Council England and is part of the Urban Birds/ Diversifly project
From January 2018 you will be able to download and stream 6 free podcasts: with Alison Brackenbury, Chris Kinsey, David Morley, Richard Osmond, Katrina Porteous and join us on an Urban Bird walk podcast with Brett Westwood.