Publications

All publications are available from The Temenos Academy. In addition, Pattern and the Golden Thread, The Family Album, Love Lane & Other Poems 2017, The Other Side of the Moon and The Theatre of Dreams are available to special order from Paekakariki Press.


TitleFamily Album
India Russell has gathered together snapshots of her family in this, her fifth collection of poetry. Her previous books are The Kaleidoscope of Time, The Dance of Life, Pattern & The Golden Thread and The Other Side of the Moon. India’s prose work includes Rory in Dreamland and a translation of Hyperion, the novel by the eighteenth century German Romantic poet, Friedrich Hölderlin. India read German and Norwegian at University College London and specialised in German at King’s College, London. She trained in Contemporary Dance at The Place, London and had performed at many venues around the UK and internationally.
AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedJuly 2017
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044069
Price£15.00

TitleLove Lane & Other Poems 2017
India's last collection containing her reflections on time and the world of the spirit as reflected in everyday existence.
AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedJune 2017
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044052
Price£12.50

TitleThe Other Side of the Moon
A collection of short Haiku type poems on various aspects of experience.
AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedFebruary 2017
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044038
Price£12.50

TitleThe Theatre of Dreams
In this, her fourth collection of poetry, India Russell writes of other dimensions fleetingly glimpsed in the natural world. Her previous books, The Kaleidoscope of Time, The Dance of Life and Pattern & The Golden Thread, lead up to this Other Dimension collection.
AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedDecember 2016
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044021
Price£12.50

TitleRory in Dreamland

Rory is sent by his parents on an adventure camp organised by Chetwynds, Mr. Glastonbury's old school He wants his son to gain experience, put his dreamy self behind him and prepare for a responsible position in the City. Rory's school friends, Robin and Rufus are also sent on the camp by their parents, friends of the Glastonbury's, for the same reason. None of the boys are looking forward to it. They do not like cross-country running and pitching tents.

However, the adventure turns out to be very different from their parents' plans. Felix, Rory's cat who has magical powers, conducts the friends to Dreamland where he introduces them to animals, who, having escaped from Earth, are now able to be their true selves. He takes the boys to The Theatre of Dreamland, where they see exciting acts like The Incredible Spinning (Look No Hands) Arry and The Urban Fox Quartet.

On their return to Earth, the boys resolve to avoid their careers master's advice and choose callings that will help people see the beauty of the natural world.

AuthorIndia Russell
ImagesIndia Russell
PublishedOctober 2016
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044014
Price£12.50

TitleThe Kaleidoscope of Time - A Journey (CD)

A unique recording of a performance at The Barbican Library, November 17, 2008, given by India Russell with music and soundscape by Simon Brewin. In this dramatic version Simon Brewin's haunting interludes set the tone of India Russell’s poetry chosen from her 2007 collection The Kaleidoscope of Time.

India Russell‘s poetry is concerned with spiritual dimensions particularly with regard to the natural world and man‘s relation to it.

Simon Brewin is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs regularly in a variety of styles both in the UK and abroad. He composes original music as well as themes for TV and film.

Cover: The Balloon by Christine Hunt, inspired by India Russell's poem of the same name and shown at The Inner Landscape Exhibition, Hay Festival 2001. Graphics: Sally Jane Hurst Bo.K Designs; Studio Editing: Simon Brewin

AuthorIndia Russell
ComposerSimon Brewin
PublishedNovember 2014
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044090
Price£12.50
Reviews
An astonishing tour de force of 'spiritual autobiography'! There is such a flow of feeling - a narrative of feeling - flowing though the book that, because of voice control, make these poems true creations of the imagination, not one drop of mere fancy, no fiction. I haven't been carried so effortlessly through a book of poems (that are not slight but highly intelligent and spiritual) for a long time.
William Oxley, poet and advisory editor Acumen
India Russell's themes interweave and compliment each other when read together, yet there is no sense of sameness. Every poem is a new approach with the surprise of the new. The collaboration with Simon Brewin is very successful. His interludes set the tone for each section brilliantly. Together the whole is often painfully moving. Almost all of the poems which most haunt me are there in the performance. She has achieved a unity in variety of style which I can only admire - I know that is the true touchstone.
Roy Wisbey Emeritus Professor of German, King's College, London
An excellent collaboration of two artistic talents. India Russell's writing has great clarity and elegance and deserves to be both performed and read widely.
John Lake, Librarian, Barbican Library

TitleThe Lane to Paradise - Felix, A Celebration

A series of letters, which read as a story, exchanged between five cats — Felix & Lucy, Gertie the London Theatre Cat, Jasper the Vicarage Cat and Fuchsi the Cambridge Cat, plus a moving letter to a human, interspersed with poems by India Russell.

Literary references include E.T.A. Hoffmann's Lebensansichten des Kater Murr (Tom Cat Murr's Views on Life).

AuthorIndia Russell
ImagesIndia Russell
PublishedSeptember 2014
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
ISBN9780993044007
Price£7.00
Reviews
A moving tribute to a much-loved friend, it will speak to all who have experienced the mysterious wisdom of cats. The mixture of Felix's letters to feline and human friends and the poems and drawings which delicately evoke his presence, gives this little book great charm and an unexpected depth. Something to read and re-read - especially if you are a lover of cats and their strangely comforting world.
Dr. Stephen Cross, fellow of Temenos Academy
Out of the mouths ... of domestic felines. Who would have thought that household cats would be so eloquent? Felix captures in his correspondence the wisdom and observations which ought to come from humans, but which seldom does. This delightful collection of letters and poems shows elegantly the creative and spiritual dynamic Felix shared with his constant companion, India. In this book, the voiceless ones lend us their voices so that we can hear that to which we are often deaf.
The Revd. Kevin Scott, vicar of St. John's, Old Malden
A beautiful book. From your letters and the poems I published, he became a cat I felt I knew, and therefore loved.
Patricia Oxley, editor Acumen Literary Journal
A beautiful, beautiful book. For the first time I understand what we can learn from cats. It opened my eyes to the wonder of them. A completely authentic book — well, it's a love story really.
Caroline Walton, author

TitleThe Kaleidoscope of Time

The Kaleidoscope of Time reads as a story, the past merging with the present as Time and Timelessness interweave through known and other dimensions - childhood, family, society, lost loves, dreams and visions - with the underlying question of the eternity of the soul and whether, like Donne, we can finally say, 'Death thou shalt die.'

AuthorIndia Russell
ImagesIndia Russell
PublishedSeptember 2010
PublisherStacey International
ISBN9781906768522
Price£8.99
Reviews
Both the matter she describes and the way India Russell has responded to what she has perceived are significant, reaching deep into the self and making it available for others. Her writing resonates very much with my own perception of what is real.
The Dean of York, The Very Reverend Keith Jones
Her poems are a revelation. I love her satirical responses to the land of the aliens we mostly inhabit but it is the visionary and dream poems that strike home most.
Joyce Crick, Emeritus Senior Lecturer in German at University College London
India Russell's often unsettling journey to the mysteries beyond time and geography has grace and charm and seems quite independent of poetic fashion. You feel her particular 'music' is perfect.
Piers Plowright, critic and broadcaster
India Russell's poetry deals with the universal verities; Kathleen Raine would have recognised the aristocracy of the spirit in her.
Dr. Pamela Tudor-Craig, F.S.A.

TitleThe Kaleidoscope of Time

The Kaleidoscope of Time reads as a story, the past merging with the present as Time and Timelessness interweave through known and other dimensions - childhood, family, society, lost loves, dreams and visions - with the underlying question of the eternity of the soul and whether, like Donne, we can finally say, 'Death thou shalt die.'

AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedOctober 2007
PublisherStacey International
ISBN9781905299522
Price£14.95
Reviews
At once deeply rooted in experience of the English life of our time, and imbued with a vivid awareness of the wider European context. This is an authentic voice arising from deep feeling and endowed with both strength and grace.
Dr. Stephen Cross, Fellow of the Temenos Academy
An authentic voice. At every turn there is a memorable and uncontrived surprise.
Roy Wisbey, Emeritus Professor of German at King's College, London
In ‘Falling into further dreaming of being’, the author states that her dreams 'will not go away and chase the daylight/With their strange configurations' — with her a characteristic infiltration of one level of reality by another — so that

... my very sight is altered. Trees move, gleaming strangely
And the sky and visionary cloud-banks beckon,
Inviting me into a world of shimmering beauty
 
So straightway I am hurled into a further dream of being
Where past and present lose all meaning,
All that is, is real, the illusory day retreats and I am home at last.

Here we get the positive upshot of India Russell's dream-world. Otherwise the overall impact is that of homelessness within present reality which is both a product of many traditional philosophies of life and at the same time is peculiarly modern. Yet it is precisely the resulting slant on things, unusual today, which makes for her particular kind of poetic response deriving from a deep sense of critical alienation; while concurrently, on the other side of this, as it were, we get a special type of affirmation such as that exemplified by the first three lines of the passage quoted above. This combination of alienation and affirmation gives us something reminiscent of what we once had in Eliot's ‘The Waste Land’, if on a smaller scale. But this in itself is an achievement.
Jack Herbert
A fresh and original talent.
Rona Laurie, former Head of Speech and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama