In The Artist’s Garden
He may now be in his nineties and living alone in his ancient farmhouse in the Stour Valley, but Ronald Blythe is no reclusive writer. His latest collection of short pieces, written originally for the Church Times, demonstrates once again how involved and connected he is to life outside the peace and quiet of his house and garden. Connected to history, to literature, to the life of the church and to the many friends who visit. As a young man in the fifties he mixed with many East Anglian artists and once said that he ‘longed to be a painter’ as well. Instead he paints pictures with words and his graceful prose is a joy to read. He writes of nature and of the small wonders of village life; the Wormingford flower show, the discovery of an ancient axe head in a local farmer’s field or visiting the Minories art gallery. Each piece is illuminated by a lifetime’s love of poetry and literature making this wonderfully rich and rewarding collection.