The Wind in the Rushes
I am currently writing a children's story called The
Wind in the Rushes. The inspiration for this book came partly from
'The Wind in the Willows' written by Kenneth Grahame, and partly from years of
fishing and observing wildlife on the beautiful river Windrush. While
primarily aimed at a younger audience the book carries a strong environmental
theme through it's pages and highlights the need for the protection of wildlife
and of our increasingly jeopardised environment.
Tucked away in the depths of the Windrush Valley a community
of animals go about their day to day life until one day something terrible
happens. Roman the Vole is busy inspecting his whiskers when... thud,
thud, thud.... the earth starts to tremble and Roman's burrow collapses. Up
above, a giant digger tears at the land and men in bright yellow jackets probe
from gravel. Donald, the old farmer, has sold the land to be developed
into a gravel pit and the impending development threatens to wipe out the all
the animals in the valley. Something must be done and done fast. Can
the animals hatch a plan in time or will the gravel pit destroy everything?
All the illustrations for 'The Wind in the Rushes' were
created by local artist, Emmie Van Biervliet.