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Poetry from the Heart for the Heart

My 2nd booklet "My Magpie Mind" is available at last! 

"Writing poetry has continued to be a safe place during the stormy seas of COVID19. In “My Magpie Mind” Orla’s warm words reflect the dark and light of her magpie mind, the challenges of family life during a pandemic but also her deep connection to nature and the opportunities of a mid-life awakening including her journey into wild swimming in cold Scottish waters."

Each booklet is individually stamped by linocut artist Kim Sullivan and costs £10 plus £2 for postage if you require it (delivery is possible locally). Payment can be made via bank transfer or Paypal. Please just enquire for more details.

About my first poetry booklet "Green Olivine"...

Green Olivine was my first venture into publishing my words, ramblings, verses....whatever you would like to call them. I hesitate to call them poems as I have never learnt to write a "proper" poem, not as an adult anyway. These are simply words from the heart expressed in the present moment. They are a celebration of the fruits of mindfulness practice and of an inner-confidence that has come with the passing of time. For many years writing in my journal has been a refuge for me. It has helped me to process and integrate my mindfulness practice into my life. For example, if I felt a surge of anger as a result of a parenting challenge and I was able to press pause on a habitual outburst, I would sometimes retreat to my bedroom and write it out! What happened? What was really going on? What lay beneath the anger? Often the truth would appear just as the ink hit the page and sometimes the truth would take the form of a poem. And with truth comes insight and growth. The final encouragement for me to publish these words came while on family holiday in Lanzarote watching my daughter collect green olivine crystals on a beach of black sand. I hope that you enjoy these simple words and that by speaking my truth in this way I can gently nudge you to do the same. 

300 Years


300 years from now

How will you be, my beloved

Baby steps, gentle steps

Value each one


Your ripples of kind intention

Infuse the Earth

They deserve your appreciation

And patience


Never doubt the power

Of walking a conscious life

Of planting seeds of compassion

Growing roots of care


Adopt the pace of an Oak tree

Allow your heart to

Blossom softly

Over years, decades



"A real treasure of words, of courageous, clear, true words. I loved the humanness that spoke through them, the relatable struggles ... the spaces between and connections, the longing for something other, the brief blessings of being in the midst of it all... beautiful. " K. Janson

"Hi Orla, I received your little book this morning and I L-O-V-E it! You remind me of Mary Oliver style poetry but it’s clear it’s intimately yours. Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts and observations please continue writing in this beautiful way." L. Gerletti

"I have enjoyed reading your Green Olivine poems. I almost feel I am “ with you or more deeply inside your whole being" when I read some of them- it’s strange in that it feels like me talking but I know it’s your words! There’s a deep resonance of feeling- I hope you continue to produce such lovely thought provoking words in this form." V. Oswald


“If you are lost, write. If you find yourself lost again, go back into your words until you are unlost. Your words are the most powerful sanctuary, and wisdom, you will ever find.”

Caren Gilbert

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