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By: Lesley Kahney

A Spoondrift of Pearls

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This lyrical collection of poems is inspired by the tiny island of Eilean Bàn, lying off the Isle of Skye, the final home to Gavin Maxwell, author of Ring of Bright Water.
Lesley Kahney worked as a volunteer warden on the island for many months, observing the otters, seals and dolphins; absorbing the rhythms of the sea, clouds and nature.
Vivid and rich in description, the poems capture the detail in nature. We catch glimpses of a vanishing Scotland with bothies, otters and selkies. Using metaphor, symbolism, and mythology, her poems connect with the history and mystery of the island. Whether depicting seagulls, primroses or seals; the themes of life, death, hope, and impermanence linger at the heart of the poems.
With language that is both tender and raw, an emotional journey is taken through the ordinary and gilded with the microscope of the extraordinary. Here is an invitation to immerse yourself in the scent of sea mists and bluebells, and to give your attention in every moment to being part of nature. Whether a fan of Gavin Maxwell or not, these poems will speak to anyone who likes nature or to be by the sea.

With an M.Sc. in Educational Psychology, a B.A (hons) and a B.Ed., Lesley Kahney worked as a teacher, educational psychologist and finally as a manager of an Early Years Inclusion Service.


Now retired, she often visits the Isle of Skye from her home in Milton Keynes, to do volunteer work and to find inspiration for her poetry and painting.


She enjoys country walks, art, music, literature and Buddhism. She has a son who is a musician.

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