Alice Taylor’s new book lights up the West Cork town of Innishannon.
Each of us travels through life, but what matters is not the destination, but how we enjoy our journey — that’s the philosophy behind author Alice Taylor’s new book which has just been launched by wellknown singer Linda Kenny.
More than 200 people attended the event in Innishannon, which took place in a candlelit venue brightened by huge jugs of sunflowers and the work of various artists.
“It was a wonderful evening,” said Ms Taylor of the evening which was held in the village’s specially decorated Parish Hall.
Her new book is different to previous works, which are often rooted in the physical community and traditions of West Cork.
And Life Lights Up, the West Cork author’s 25th book, combines poetry and prose to arrive at a more spiritual tone it appreciates, says Ms Taylor “the now, and living in the now.” The sunflowers at the launch were inspired by the book-jacket, which features a blazing sunflower grown from a seed planted by Taylor’s granddaughter Ellie Angland.
The book, which is divided into several sections — Awareness, Roots, Special Memories in the Garden, Small Kindnesses and Then and Now, is all about the blessings that are bestowed upon us during our individual journeys through life, says Ms Taylor, who says that it is important that we try to be present for those special moments gifted to us.
“The book is essentially about our golden moments that are ‘gifted’ to us,” she explains, adding that it is a loss to us if we fail to be ‘present’ at the moment the ‘gift’ arrives.
It is for these moments, she says, that we scale mountain tops, penetrate the depths, pit ourselves against the might of man and nature.
Amazing moments can be gifted to us, she explains, by chance, nature or even our fellow humans:
“We see it in a beautiful ballet when the ballerina becomes a bird in flight. We read it in a soul-stirring poem. Words written long ago allow us to see the world through the eyes of the poet. We see it in an exquislandscape, ite painting. On the canvas you and the artist are one.
“When we are gifted with these rare moments a ray of radiance encompasses us. It lifts us up and we experience an interlude that infuses us with delight and a positive belief in the greatness of our fellow human beings.” “While we wish that these moments could last forever, she says, if we mindfully absorb them as they happen, we can encapsulate them into the depths of our subconscious, where they “mould” themselves into the fabric of our being and carry us over the stumbling blocks that may be up ahead.
And Life Lights Up by Alice Taylor is published by the O’Brien Press. €20
Linda Kenny, who launched Alice Taylor’s new book, ‘And Life Lights Up’, with Alice and Sharon Huggard at Innishannon Hall.
Aileen Cremin and Hannah O’Leary at the launch of Alice Taylor’s new book. Picture: Denis Boyle
At the launch of the latest book at Innishannon Hall were Sharon Huggard, Margaret O’Shea and Eleanor O’Mahony with author Alice Taylor.
Pictured at the launch of Alice Taylor’s new book were Gillian Coughlan, soprano Linda Kenny and Lena Angland.
Mary Nolan O’Brien (left) who held an art exibition in conjunction with the launch of Alice Taylor’s new book, pictured with Ger Spring, and Eileen and Leo McMahon.