Happy 90th Birthday Ronnie...
[Ronnie, as always, deep in conversation. Here with musician David Rowe at an Inn in Great Casterton after visiting the church where John & Patty Clare were married]
A nice Guardian leader in today's on Ronald Blythe in its 'In praise of ...' section. It reads:
Tucked away on the back page of the Church Times each week is one of the most elegant and thoughtful columns in British journalism. Word from Wormingford mixes acute, elegiac rural observation with a strand of English mystical thinking that often seems to reach back to its 17th-century roots. Its author, Ronald Blythe, is 90 today. He lives down a Saxon track in the farm bequeathed to him by his friend, the artist John Nash. The son of a farmworker, he has spent nearly all his life in Suffolk and is probably best remembered for Akenfield, the 1969 book (made into a Peter Hall film) that chronicled the changing character and rhythms o f a fictional East Anglian village. "A hundred years from now," wrote this paper, "anyone wanting to know how things were on the land will turn more profitably to Akenfield than to a sheaf of anaemically professional social surveys." May there be many more Words from Wormingford.
Posted by Arborfield at 7:11 pm