Willersey & Saintbury Authors and Artists
A Life in Poetry
Julian McMaster Harvey
Julian Harvey came to live permanently in Willersey in 1999 with her husband Anthony, when he retired
after many years as Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey.
He has now edited and published a selection of nearly eighty of Julian's poems, written over a period of more than seventy years.
beautifully printed and produced by The Vale Press in Willersey, also contains enlightening introductions to
some of the poems by Anthony, and reproductions of several of Julian's watercolours and gouaches of
flowers and plants: she was also a gifted painter.
The poems touch on a variety of subjects: memories of friends and relations, reflections on the
natural and spiritual worlds, and disarmingly frank thoughts on personal relationships and her own battles
with depression and, in her final years, incipient dementia.
Julian's use of metaphor and imagery can be startlingly original, and certain phrases and lines linger
in the memory for their sheer beauty and inventiveness.
Her insight into experiences and emotions is such
that readers may well find they resonate with their own.
Over the years one can accumulate, sometimes with
embarrassment, ‘slim volumes’ of verse by friends who have felt the urge to venture into print;
but to my mind Julian Harvey's poems are of an altogether higher order and accomplishment than most which have
come my way. J.N.B.
DRAWN THREE WAYS
Memoir of a Ministry, A Profession, and a Marriage
A E Harvey
Foreword by Rowan Williams
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Sadly Canon Harvey has recently died. Here is a copy of his obituary as published in the Daily Telegraph.
Boats at Staithes
Artist, Moira Huntly of Willersey.
Moira is interested in marine and industrial subjects, buildings in the landscape, as well as figures and still life, and paints in most media including mixed media.
Working in the studio from keenly observed ‘on the spot’ drawings, in her paintings she is searching for a balance between the figurative and abstract patterns
distilled from the drawings, and her love of colour is in the tradition of the Scottish Colourists.
Originally published by David & Charles, now published by FW Media International Ltd Exeter
Moira is the author of several books on drawing and painting.
Moira Huntly and family came to live in Willersey in 1962. It wasn't long before she made a number of pen and ink drawings of villages in the area especially Willersey.
In 1994 Moira was asked by the minister to do a painting of Willersey Church of England School which she duly presented, and still has
the hand written thank you letters received from the school.
Two examples of artist Helen Simpson's work.
THE ENEMY WITHIN
A novel by Willersey novelist Robert MacNeil Wilson
A young manager and his pitmen fight to save their mine, their industry and, ultimately, their very way of life. Half a mile down, they face an impossible deadline
and the underground hazards of fire, flood and roof collapse.
The Miners' Strike turns their pit village into a battlefield and casts them onto opposing sides of a conflict that severs the bonds of family, friendship and love.
The women's stories are told, as the struggle causes them to see themselves in a new light.
Comradeship contrasts with infamy, cynical self-interest with duty as a heroic band of men come together to face a terrifying challenge, deep underground.
As the story races to its cliff-hanging climax, only time and events will determine who of them and which of their relationships will survive…
As a pitman, himself, Willersey-man ROBERT MACNEIL WILSON has written of what he knows.
THE ENEMY WITHIN is a unique, riveting insight into the events of a tumultuous period that continues to fascinate.
You won't read it – you'll live it.
PUBLISHED by TROUBADOR on 28th October 2016
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