‘We are the winter people’ – the collected poems of Jenny Rowbory
“This is a vital, fluent, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking collection about the reality of suffering, by a poet whose energy and grace are always salted with wryness.”
Martyn Halsall, The Church Times
Jenny Rowbory is a poet who writes about faith, hope and suffering from a place of illness and disability that few could imagine. For the past 17 years she has been bed-bound after contracting a virus during her first year at university that led to severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. She has subsequently been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, yet her poetry is a moving and beautifully written fusion of hope, faith, personal insight and incisive observation of the world she inhabits.
Jenny’s condition is deteriorating and she is currently fundraising for potentially life-saving surgery that is only available in the US. The proceeds from the book will help towards the £750,000 she needs to raise for this.
“Full of raw beauty and rare insight, these are poems that bypass your mind and go straight for the solar plexus. Her poetry will instantly resonate with anyone who has experienced loss and lostness. I heartily commend her poetry as a wise and empathetic companion in the face of all kinds of suffering.”
Tanya Marlow, disability campaigner and author of ‘Those Who Wait’
Any reader finishing the book is left with a sense of hope and resilience because, despite everything, Jenny Rowbory has a deep faith in God. Although she sometimes flails out at Him, ‘Can’t You Be A Magician, Lord?’, and sometimes questions her relationship with Him, ‘Let Me In’, she has faith that God is always there for everyone.
Clare Dudman, award-winning author of ‘Edge of Danger’ and ‘A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees’
Visit Jenny’s website to find out more or watch the book launch which was held on 8 September.