“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away”
Hi, my name’s Ide. I’m twelve years old, and I’m a big sister and a writer (currently trying to publish my first novel, Written in Shadows). I also write poetry – my poems are Here.
My favourite things are sunsets, beautiful mornings, twisted tree-trunks, thunderstorms, sketching, daydreaming, the Renaissance, snowdrifts, the Greek goddess Athene, climbing trees, folklore, and the smell of old books. I’m a real bookworm – a few of my favourite writers of poetry and prose are Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the Brontës. I’m also interested in Greek mythology, fairy-tales and other legends. I love tradition and like to feel we’re keeping links with the past. I like strong female characters from novels, myths and history – Jane Eyre, Artemis, Boudicca, Atalanta, Elizabeth I, and a million others. I’m very interested in history of all sorts. At the moment I also have an obsession with the 18th century Royal Navy and sailors in general, fired by Patrick O’ Brian’s Master and Commander and Elizabeth Gaskell’s wonderful and very-much underrated Sylvia’s Lovers. I never weary of broadsides and brigs, cutting-out expeditions, commadores and carronades.
I’m home-educated, and I have two younger brothers, Tasgall, aged 8, and Cormac aged 3, and I love looking after them (although they do put me in constant fear for my life). I like wandering around romantic, isolated places far away from civilisation which look like they might have magic in them. I love mountain ranges and the sea, because they give me a feeling of hugeness and eternity. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet”. I now live in Cheshire, but I used to live on Anglesey and miss mountains, waves and wide horizons.
I’m a bit of a Catherine Moorland (from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey). I am always fancying that there’ll be a skeleton or an ancient treasure in locked drawers and old chests – and am constantly disappointed I generally find there! It was an old magazine the last time.
I love nature, and happily for me, I have a wonderful garden packed with flowers and trees, (though as I’m writing this in winter they aren’t out now). My house is very messy, but it has a lot of books in it. I also have a shop on Etsy with my Mum – Our Tangled Garden. I’d love it if you’d take a look at it!
About Copper Beech School
In Copper Beech School you will find poems, short stories, essays on literature, and passages of description and musings on nature and my favourite authors, dispersed with nature photos taken by me. Copper Beech School is dedicated to the huge Copper Beech tree in my garden. I spent a lot of my time sitting underneath its branches, watching the leaves change with the seasons. It is a wonderful tree and it has been the inspiration for some of my best poems and stories.