Mental Awareness Week 10th to 16th May ~ Search for the Pearl Inside …

Reading about Mental Awareness Week on the Scottish Book Trust website there were two post which caught my eye:

The Callan Gordon Award is open for authors between between 18 and 35 years in memory of the tragic death of Callan, when he took his own life at 28 years through mental illness. Here’s Iain’s story, Callan’s Dad.

My heart goes out to Iain, who is still going through pain at the memory of events in 2011, ten years ago. Here’s the link to the award:

The Callan Gordon Award 2021

This is a way of supporting young Scottish authors too!

The second post on the Scottish Book Trust relating to Mental Awareness Week is how best to improve mental health by getting out and about in the natural world as described in Brian Kerr’s book How to Value a Skylark, The Countryside in a Time of Change.

The Scottish Book Trust describes 15 wonderful books and so, if you can’t absorb yourself in the natural world right now, then why don’t you settle down and relax and read one of these lovely books at home. I’ve only read The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd in this list and it magically transports you to the wild places in the Cairngorms.

That brings me neatly to my little book of encouragement which I began writing as I was leaving my teaching post at Barnfield Further Education in Luton, giving young people a second chance; a book much needed as we emerge from lock down. The title speaks for itself:

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Gift Book of Encouragement for Young Adults

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Earth Day 2021 ~ How to Value a Skylark Giveaway

I love today’s Google Doodle and it brings to mind fellow author Brian Kerr’s recently released book


The Countryside in a Time of Change

Brian Kerr

In it he reflects on climate change and it’s immediate effect on our countryside, predominantly in the UK. Brian:

  • evaluates the current trends in making amends
  • looks in a balanced way on the impact on livelihoods and our countryside
  • makes further suggestions 

and in short asks two questions

    1. Can we put a value on what we treasure in our countryside? ie a skylark or a bluebell wood
    2. Can we hesitate any longer? 

Brian is offering two of his paperback books, currently marketed in Amazon at £19.99 but can be bought on Waterstones, Blackwells and Hive books or through the author or directly through the publisher Eventispress.

Brian asks only for two things;

  1. What is your interest as a reader in issues of this climate emergency?
  2. Would you be willing to give an honest review for publicity purposes?

Please respond to if you are interested.

Brian Kerr is a soil scientist and Fellow at Cranfield University. He is a hands on author who sells a great deal of his books locally through Waterstones, other independent booksellers and at author talks. This book is his most ambitious so far and reaches far beyond Bedfordshire, his usual focus in his writing.

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Volunteer Recognition Day ~ 20th April 2021

One Step Back into the World Again

On Sunday I joined my first session of socially distancing Kinghorn in Bloom; a volunteer group who work to enhance the beauty of our lovely coastal town in Fife, Scotland. It felt as if I was being liberated:

Tulips on the Kinghorn Loch Road


from lock down, …

from loss,

from grief,

from guilt,

from a burden too heavy to carry.

Set free …

to be me again,

to serve,

to smile,

to contribute,

to enjoy the simple pleasures of flowers and plants.

Having returned from Bedford and my Mum’s cremation service I had a week of relative isolation before rejoining the world. This coincided with changes in regulations.

It’s going to take a while, but The Healing Paths of Fife are working their magic once more. Life moves on and I’m left with precious memories.

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