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I do not write poetry myself but have studied it for many years, both as an academic and as a creative writer
Last year (2017) Andy Wild and I published a book of short poems by William Wordsworth, illustrated by eighteen contemporary Lakeland artists
We have now reprinted it, with a new cover and an extra poem. It will be available in Waterstones and other reputable outlets soon
Below is my illustration for the poem that begins 'A slumber did my spirit seal' - one of eighteen of Wordsworth's best-loved poems include in this book
Each contributing artist was free to chose one of the eighteen poems and use any medium they preferred
My second illustration used gouache on canvas. The original picture is wider but I trimmed it to fit the book's narrow format
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began.
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The child is father of the man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety
If that were not enough for our discerning readers, we have now published a CD in which these poems have been set to music by contemporary composers and performed by a dazzling array of musicians and readers.
You can find more information elsewhere on the website but this is wha the CD cover looks like:
The CD will be available to download via cdbaby very soon
This, however, is just the first of a whole series of CDs to be released in the coming months
See below for the next few titles: