By Brackfield Bawn


By Brackfield Bawn
On Being in Brackfield Memorial Woods

by Sam Burnside

Published by Lapwing Poetry, Belfast, ISBN 978-1-910855-63-8

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A collection of poems

The poems contained in this collection were written during a year-long period when the author was invited by the Woodland Trust and its Brackfield Advisory Committee to explore the place and spirit in and around Brackfield Bawn, and the newly-planted Memorial Woodland of 40,000 trees, dedicated to those from Ireland who fell during the First World War.

Author and critic Sean McMahon has written:
Sam Burnside with his poet’s eye … has created a sequence of poems that encapsulates the totality of that sacrifice and the appropriateness of the memorial venue. The beauty of the site with its myriad wildlife, of birds and beasts and flowers, is beautifully rendered and the lives of the people of then and now appreciated with poetic precision.

‘Open Country’ presenter and TV and Radio broadcaster Helen Mark says in her foreword:
A small but precious memory awoken by Sam Burnside’s collection of poems which release, re-imagine, relive a multitude of memories, both ancient and modern, that have been stored in this beautiful wooded valley of the River Faughan.