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Miriam Darlington on 'Riverwise': 'A sinuous love letter to the self'

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Miriam Darlington on 'Riverwise': 'A sinuous love letter to the self'

Jack Smylie Wild's beautiful book of slow river prose, centred around afon Teifi, has received a wonderful endorsement from Miriam Darlington, the best-selling author of Owl Sense and Otter Country.

She had this to say:

'Jack is a wonderful writer – his voice is wonderful company – tender, thoughtful, profound yet understated, never self-indulgent. It is so hard to achieve this balance – and this writing, like a first chapbook or collection of poems brings a lovely voice into the world, subtle yet powerful. I felt taken by the hand and swept on the current to the wildest secret places of this river and gained a great sense of place as well as of the person ... This is a labour of love filled with the mud and blood and light and half-light of all the secret places of the river. Immersive, often shamanic in its intensity, enthralling and lyrical it brings a startling and authentic new voice to the rich body of writings on place and connection to our known and loved wet places - it's a sinuous love letter to the self and to rediscovery - of the river, and of its importance - more vital now than ever. I'm left with the sounds of lapwing and of the marshes, of the sweet flow of the river in all its moods, human and animal. What a wonderful contribution. I loved it. Very very well done.'

Pre-orders for Riverwise, due to be published in September, are available here. The ebook and a limited run of review copies should be available in June so if, like us, you can't wait for your copy pre-order it today!