A well-known conservationist once remarked that the first law of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. The scale of our impact on the environment now amounts to more than tinkering, but the case for giving nature space to move, adapt and recover remains. Our survival may depend on restoring the ecosystems that we have damaged and disrupted.
Roy Young spent his career making this argument as a scientist. In retirement he has been able to explore the importance of nature in more poetic ways, focusing particularly on his surroundings on the edge of Nottingham, and occasionally travelling beyond. This collection includes his reflections on the landscapes, plants and animals that he finds around him, and the beauty of simple, ordinary places.
About the Author
Roy Young has had poems published in Obsessed with Pipework and Reach. He was also highly commended in the Beacon of Light National Trust Kedleston Hall Poetry Competition and in a Writer Highway poetry competition on the theme of dogs. After a career involving academic writing and editing of books and journals on issues relating to the environment, and as an artist with a special interest in landscapes, Roy discovered poetry through the Writer Highway courses in Nottingham. He is fascinated by the different ways of seeing the world that poetry and painting can offer.