by Lucy Furlong
Poetry in motion.
Published on the Autumn Equinox, September, 2015
Lucy Furlong, her Dad and her son have been purposefully exploring and experiencing anew their local strip of greenbelt, which sits on the borders of Surrey and Greater London, and is bisected by the River Hogsmill.
Known by generations of the Furlong family as ‘Over the Fields’, it was a recognisably rural reminder of Ireland for Lucy’s paternal grandparents, who arrived in Tolworth from their native Wexford, during the Second World War.
For her dad, Nicholas, it was his and his siblings’ ‘second home’, a place for adventures and escapades, when they were growing up in the 1950s and 1960s; and where Lucy and her sister walked with Gran, and spent time with the rest of their family and friends.
This new poetry map moves away from the secret urban pockets of Amniotic City, and rambles into an unexpectedly bucolic seam of suburbia. Over the Fields contains deep topographical enchantments and historical treasures, not least among them the stories and memories of a family.
“…Over the Fields is a poignant and immersive journey with Lucy . . . across time and space.”
Tina Richardson, author of Walking Inside Out
A6 Fold-out poetry map
Design by Mel Hetherington