We always enjoy Bobbie Coelho‘s contribution to the Festival. As well as taking part in poetry events in the Methodist Chapel, she joins in our Outreach programme to Beaufort House, the care home in the village.
This programme sends poets into Beaufort House to read to those residents who are too frail to visit the main Festival. Beaufort House residents love hearing poetry read to them and are always moved by the poets’ words.
It’s very important to us at HULF to be as inclusive as we can, and we are very grateful to the poets who volunteer for the Outreach.
Bobbie also kindly made a special trip to Hawkesbury in between Festivals for a solo reading at Beaufort House, which the residents very much appreciated.
Bobbie’s Poetry Collections
Bobbie has now published three collections of poetry, Finding the Light, Reflecting the Light, and The Lesson. She started writing to help her come to terms with her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. She also uses her poems to raise awareness of Parkinson’s. The beautiful covers and upbeat titles of her books reflect her positive attitude and determination, Her presence at the Festival inspires us all.
No surprises then that Bobbie’s review of this year’s Festival arrived in the form of a poem!
ODE TO HULF 2019
A Cotswold village, so pretty,
It would be a pity
To miss HULF while its around
Though its only on for one day
It is Debbie Young
Who organises the fun
I don’t know how she does it all in one day
I hear a lot of people say
There are books galore
To which are added plenty more!
On every subject under the sun
Get there quickly before it goes away.
Bobbie Coelho’s Children’s Stories
Bobbie also enjoys writing children’s stories, and since HULF 2019 has published her latest book for children, Blodwyn’s Baby. Bobbie whets our appetite for the new book as follows:
“Imagine if you will a large, red, very large and extremely grumpy dragon, called Blodwyn. While out walking one day, she finds a baby …………..human”!
For More Information
Bobbie shares many of her poems on her website and her Facebook page. Here are the links so you can enjoy more of her work – and you’ll also find her books available to order online or from good bookshops.
- Bobbie Coelho’s website: www.bobbiecoelhopoet.wordpress.com/
- Bobbie Coelho’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FindingTheLight/