Latest Laois Event: Laois Poet makes poetic debut at Ballintubbert House & Gardens
Local food producer launches first book of poetry
Four Season Farm is the eagerly awaited debut of local Laois poet, Jeremy Haworth. Jeremy runs Charis Garden in Ballyadams Co. Laois, supplying local people with a weekly share of fresh, seasonal produce.
Four Season Farm charts one man’s struggle to learn the ancient art of tending the land. Written as a series of haibun, a literary form originating in 17th century Japan, the book alternates prose and haiku to tell the story of a single calendar year on a busy organic farm. Diary entries map the slow turning of the seasons, every page resonant with the sights, sounds and smells of nature in full spate.
‘Phrases emerge in this work such as ‘I unlatch the door and enter butter-light’ and ‘Soil teems with the traffic of countless subterranean tenants’ which are completely original and beautiful, as though Dylan Thomas had met Matsuo Bashō in a lonesome inn, with only the two of them to imbibe sake together and the everlasting mystery of words.’ (Gabriel Rosenstock)
‘A must-read for anyone with an interest in food production, ‘the mercurial whims of the sky’, and mankind’s increasingly fraught relationship with the natural world.’ (Amanda Bell)
Get your hands on a copy at the official book launch on Thursday November 23rd at 7.30pm in The Tabernacle at Ballintubbert House and Gardens, Ballintubbert Co. Laois. R14 E954
Books can also be ordered online at www.jeremyhaworth.com/books