Niamh Clune

Environment, poetry, comment, children's books,

New Shoots!

I hope you will like a new venture from me On The Plum Tree. I am interested in audio book recording. I wanted to begin with this recording of a poem I wrote for the Spring Anthology. It is a poem about loss and how it steals a sense of future. This is dedicated to all my friends out there who have suffered the loss of someone or something so precious that it blows a hole in their fragile existence. To listen, Please click on the link.

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

2 comments on “New Shoots!

  1. loraneleavy
    June 6, 2012

    Would love to do same w/ “Message for Lorraine” or commentary on “Declan: A Story of Capabilities and Limitations”. P/s advise. Lorane Leavy. . . .


    • ontheplumtree
      June 6, 2012

      Lorane. You have to have some recording facilities. I will send you an invite to a broadcast app.


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