Dreams of Another Land
|Written by||Peter Kenny|
|Illustrations by||Sue Bradley|
|Soft Cover||104 pages, 5" x 8"|
Peter Kenny is known worldwide as a passionate fan of JRR Tolkien and the world of fantasy. Using this love and his wide-ranging imagination, Mr. Kenny has produced (in the guise of “selecting” poems and stories by his “uncle,” Fortinbras Proudfoot, Esq.) Dreams of Another Land, a collection that explores the history and happenings of a faraway land that still feels very familiar to us. Small folk, dragons, warriors, ladies, and wizards and their adventures are described in rhythmic language that is enjoyable to read, either aloud or silently.
Standout poems include “Mushrooms,” for its galloping pace and humour, and “The Last Ship Into the West,” for its simultaneous elegiac farewell to one departing world, and hopeful acceptance of a new age dawning.
Beautifully complementing the text are Sue Bradley’s watercolour illustrations. Their soft, yet bright, colours and delicacy of line are perfectly suited to “Mr. Proudfoot’s” stories.
By turns whimsical and wistful, Dreams of Another Land will satisfy readers of all ages.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will benefit the Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq. Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that raises funds for other charitable groups engaged in literacy initiatives and programs assisting children to enhance their education through literacy.
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About the Author
Peter Kenny is a retired teacher based in Brisbane who possesses one of the most significant personal collections of Tolkien memorabilia in Australia and the world. Peter has had a passion for everything Tolkien for four decades and he has become a recognized authority in the field, sharing his knowledge and passion for Tolkien’s stories with adults and children around the world through a series of presentations and events at schools, libraries, conventions and festivals.
During his forty years as a teacher he often used The Hobbit as a literacy unit in the classroom and shared Tolkien’s world with hundreds of students through reading stories, composing and art.
Now retired, Peter writes poems, songs and fantasy stories inspired by Tolkien’s Middle-earth as a hobby and shares his work in his presentations and with his friends. His continuing passion and writing has led to a selection of his work being chosen for this publication.
About the Artist
Sue Bradley is an artist and illustrator based in the United Kingdom. Growing up with a strong interest in art and literature, she developed a passion for the
works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy writers such as C.S. Lewis.
As a teenager, Sue was inspired by many artists of the fantasy genre, including Arthur Rackham, Roger Dean, George Underwood and Barry Godber. This led to many doodles on her school books of fairies, goblins, elves and other imagined creatures. In more recent times, Sue has been influenced by the illustrations of Alan Lee, John Howe, Brian Froud and Ted Nasmith.
Sue trained and worked as a biochemist before qualifying as a primary school teacher. However, throughout these years she continued to draw and paint, attend art courses and develop her artistic style. She now teaches painting to adults, art clubs and societies. Sue is represented by a gallery in Beckenham, Kent, U.K.
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