KAY’S ARK by Kerry Darbishire will be going to print very soon. It is the story of her mother, an amazing and resourceful woman who came to the Lake District from London in the early 50’s with three small children and little else. The café she opened at Skelwith Bridge became the favourite haunt of walkers, musicians, writers, animal lovers and travellers of every kind. In later years she founded two animal welfare charities, one with Alfred Wainwright.
Kerry’s book is a wonderful combination of a loving memoir and a poetic evocation of a Lake District community in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Kerry’s first anthology of poetry, ‘A Lift of Wings’ was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2014. You’ll also find one of her poems in ‘Watershed’ an anthology of poetry by Cumbrian poets in response to Storm Desmond. All proceeds from sales go to the flood appeal. I highly recommend this collection – there are some wonderful poems which truly bring home the devastation wrought by the floods.