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Watercolour book tells tale of summer time in an idyllic Cornish village

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 09, 2013

Local author Glynda Winterson with her new book Botallack: A Summer Sketchbook.

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A SECOND installment of a watercolour storybook series has been released, capturing one of Penwith's most idyllic areas and communities.

Glynda Winterson's Botallack: A Summer Sketchbook focuses on the warmest season in the village, guiding readers around the rural landscape and talking to some of the people who live within it.

The artist moved to the area three years ago and was immediately inspired to share its tale through old mining stories, illustrations of its people, buildings and animals, and thoughts about the surrounding "beautiful, rugged land".

Mrs Winterson, who has worked as an arts therapist, brought out the title in August following her spring edition. The plan is to document a year in the community and Mrs Winterson is very pleased with her latest work.

"I'm delighted with it," she said. "The printing looks fantastic – the colour accuracy and detail look very good."

Mrs Winterson explained that she has tried to encapsulate life in Botallack and take the reader on a journey, as if "they are with her on one of her walks".

"It's a mix of past and present – through the eyes of the people who live there," she said.

"There are memories of when there was a working mine nearby, tales of past events from the Second World War.

"I wanted to share the experience of what it's like in Botallack, living close to the sea.

"It's a very raw place. But it's very beautiful. Penwith for me is my home – I like the wild and rural land."

The artist's book is available from her directly, at the village's Queen's Arms pub and at Tregaseal Gallery, for £8.

The gallery's owner, Sandy Vigg, said: "Glynda's second book is delightfully refreshing, superbly presented and in much demand."

About half of the profits from sales go to the Old Coastwatch, where Mrs Winterson's husband works as a manager.

"It's a charity very deal to my heart," she said.

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