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Rae Howells

The Language of Bees

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This book will be released in April 2022.

Pre-orders are charged at time of order and the book will be posted to you as soon as it becomes available.


How can we have hope in a world that is dying?

Global problems like climate change feel terrifying, too big for one person to take on. But what if, instead of being overwhelmed, we were to look for hope in the smallest details? A dying moth falling against a kiss. A distracted lover’s hip pressing into a table. A single carder bee, dying on the driveway of a suburban garden in Wales.

With a forensic eye, Howells takes us on a journey through ordinary human lives and the extraordinary natural world we are in danger of losing. The carder bee carries the story of a colony, a species, and, ultimately, the fate of all life on earth. The mermaid weaves an almost beautiful tale of a tragic miscarriage. The magpie writes yearning letters to her lost lover. The brilliant kingfisher flits through the mind of a woman with dementia. Through each exacting portrait, we begin to understand something special, a language of bees, and discover for ourselves how intimately we are all connected and what the natural world is trying to tell us.


Rae Howells is a poet, journalist, academic and lavender farmer from Swansea. She’s won both the Welsh International and Rialto Nature and Place poetry competitions.
www.iambapoet.com/rae-howells / raehowells.co.uk