I am Dee La Vardera, a writer and photographer from Wiltshire. I write magazine features, short stories and non-fiction books on local history and WW2-related subjects.
I admire writers and artists who can capture a moment of truth or beauty in their work; who find the extraordinary in the ordinary, as a poet such as Thomas Hardy does.
‘Dewfall-hawk’ is Hardy’s poetic word for the nightjar, which appears in his poem Afterwards. Sometimes writing is like searching for food at dusk or at dawn, as the nightjar does. That twilight world where ideas and memories mix and melt, and the real and the imagined combine and create something other.
Whatever the medium – poetry, prose, music, painting, sculpture or photography, it is a joy to have the freedom to express oneself and to share one’s view of the world with others.