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I have been involved in the book industry for years, as a Sub-Editor, a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and now as an Author too. To date I have written two non-fiction books, a children's book and contributed to a collection of poetry. I used the pseudonym 'Joseph Dawton' previously but I have decided that I will use my own name from now on. All books sold here are paid for via PayPal secure server. See my author facebook page (click here) for more updates on my latest writing.
Through the Cracks in the Concrete the Wilderness Grows
Published by Kilkenny Druidry College Press.Available here or from Amazon
Through the Cracks in the Concrete the Wilderness Grows by Luke Eastwood
This is my first collection of poetry to be published, although various poems have appeared in publications and on websites over the years. It's split into two sections - the first is social commentary and poems on urban life, The second section is entirely devoted to nature.
The title and the cover were inspired by my accidentally stumbling across an abandoned development in Wexford that had become overgrown with weeds. Luckily I had my camera with me and I was able to capture some stricking images, which gave the concept for the book - the contrast between the beauty and resilience of nature and the transience of urban life and human endeavours.
"A personal statement straight from the haert... The first part rises from the author's response to conditions in the city - where he seems to have led a somewhat turbulent and angry existence - while the second half reflects the healing power of nature... Not always comfortable read, these poems strike a raw note of truth on every page."
The Journey by Luke Eastwood
is a very short book but contains a powerful message for these times
of global capitalism, environmental destruction, and religious intolerance.
I have tried to focus on ways of achieving spirituality without the
dogma and control of organised religion, to do this I have used what
I consider to be apt sources from across the globe to reinforce my statements.
Spirituality should be about connecting to divinity regardless of the
social or religious environment we come from, fundamentalism is just
devisive and a distraction from what is really important.
Journey combines the author's thoughts with eclectic teachings from
throughout the world... thought-provoking."
small book is one of those unusual publications that you can read in
half an hour but leaves quite an impression... It reads like a gentle
conversation and I very much enjoyed it - picking up sone insights along
the way. I felt that the message was quite relevant for today: that
there are many paths to truth."
handy small reference and reminder of the essential unity of every spiritual
path, but also a working notebook and starting point for the owner to
add to the collection with their own favourites, and the format lends
itself to this use."
interesting and accessible read... it has a positive message."
little book certainly gives much food for thought on our attitudes to
life and it also gives an insight into religious beliefs which have
more in common with Christianity than one might think; it seems particularly
pertinent for the times in which we live."
Click here to see more reviews at Amazon.co.uk
The Journey is now on Facebook - here.
Druid's Primer by
Eastwood gives us the first accessible Irish study on druid history
and practice. This book opens the door to Celtic spiritual practice
with clarity and grace.'
think an alternative title to this book would be “Everything you
ever wanted to know about Druidry but were afraid to ask”. This
is very much a Druid 101 book. Many people use that term to describe
a book lacking in substance, but that is not the case here. It’s
full of substance and depth, but very much geared to the beginner on
short, I would recommend this book to newbies as it does a very good
job of explaining Druidry in an easy and simple way.
Druid’s Primer is an excellent book on the subject of Druidry
and is an inspirational read for anyone who is seeking to tread this
has written an indispensable handbook for both those already in the
orders and those considering joining, as well as anyone else interested
in the subject. Inspired by the medieval Irish Scholar's Primer, the
book is the product of 15 years' research and examination of the role
of the Druid in today's world, and has the special quality of an Irish
perspective which adds to its uniqueness.
The Druid's Primer is now on Facebook - here.
Where The Hazel Falls By Ann Dalton, Ted Sludds, Joseph Dawton (Luke Eastwood), Adam Dunlea, Geraldine Moorkens Byrne, Wil Kinghan, Toddy Kennedy, Cait Branigan and Gemma McCabe. Edited by Luke Eastwood.
As well as contributing to this collection I was the editor as well. Some of the contributors such as Ted Sluds, Ann Dalton, Toddy Kennedy and Geraldine Moorkens Byrne are previously published, others were published for the first time. Within these pages are the works of nine poets, each with their own distinctive style and agendas; but with all of these poets is a common thread - a love of this land and a way of looking at the world that reaches beyond the mundane.
makes an excellent 'homegrown' stocking filler present for poetry lovers
featured writer has a unique and fresh approach, yet they are intrinsically
linked by their passion and understanding of the natural world and our
place among it... Angry, raw, passionate, humble questioning... they
are hard hitting modern day observationists confident in their expressions
and it is this quality which creates a cutting edge to the book."
155mm sq paperback
Irl RRP: €5.00
UK RRP: £4.00
ISBN: - None
Not currently available Download PDF sample for FREE here
Bee's Big Adventure by
My first book which I wrote for my daughter in 2000. It is an illustrated children's book about a character called Bumbly Bee and his insect friends. It is not published but I now have copies professionally printed for sale.
It is currently available only from me directly at 5 euro plus shipping (if in stock).