“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away”
About Copper Beech School
In Copper Beech School you will find poems, short stories, essays on literature, and passages of description and musing (generally on nature but sometimes on my favourite authors), dispersed with nature photos taken by me. I also write reviews for books and films. 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.
My name’s Ide. I’m eleven years old, and I’m a big sister and a writer (I’m currently working on my first novel, Speedwell). I also write poetry – you can read my poems Here. 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).
My favourite things are sunsets, beautiful mornings, twisted tree-trunks, thunderstorms, sunlight, photography, sketching, poetry, daydreaming, and the smell of old books. I also love tree-climbing, the Renaissance, snowdrifts, literature, Greek mythology, fairy-tales and other legends, and strong female characters from literature and history – Jane Eyre, Boudicca, Atalanta, Elizabeth I, and Margret from North and South) and a million others.
I like wandering around romantic, isolated places far away from civilisation which look like they might have fairies 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!