NOR­FOLK’S BIRDS AND WILDLIFE IN PHO­TOS, PO­ETRY AND PROSE

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Fab­u­lous pho­to­graphs of birds are matched by po­ems, sum­mon­ing the wa­tery, feather-flocked, reed-fringed land­scapes in words.

The Wor­ship­ful Com­pa­nies, by Stu­art Med­land, is a beau­ti­fully-pro­duced col­lec­tion of words and pic­tures, telling some of the sto­ries of Nor­folk’s birds and other wildlife in prose, po­etry and im­ages through the year.

Stu­art was a Nor­folk pri­mary school teacher and since re­tir­ing has cre­ated two beau­ti­ful books – this lat­est re­flect­ing his love of the nat­u­ral world. A tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher and writer, each pic­ture is ac­com­pa­nied by evoca­tive, of­ten-quirky text.

Im­ages of lush-plumaged ruffs are ac­com­pa­nied by in­for­ma­tion about the birds, and the poem:

“The fops have lost the plot – all cod­piece, head to toe – for­got­ten the brief, the Point of it All. Such Come-hither dither; up-to-the-nines in their fin­ery (ever so satiny van­ity) – taken a shine to them­selves…”

The Wor­ship­ful Com­pa­nies, by Stu­art Med­land, is pub­lished by Bram­bleby Books for £28

Pic­ture: Stu­art Med­land

Ruff, in the Wor­ship­ful Com­pa­nies

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