To paraphrase the Lorax, Alys Fowler ‘speaks for the bees.’
She was at the Ballymaloe Litfest in May, talking about self-funding her latest book Letters to a Beekeeper through internet publisher Unbound. It’s a series of communications between urban beekeeper Steve Benbow and gardener Alys, a meditation and celebration of lives spent outdoors, amidst the bees, other pollinating insects and disregarded bugs.
Through Unbound, Alys was able to harness the power of the hive, show how individuals working together can collectively make something bigger and better – just like the bees do.
Her apicultural love letter of a book has now been fully funded but you can still sign up for your own little piece of the hive at unbound.co.uk/books/letters-to-a-beekeeper.
Alys also features in this lovely film celebrating the honey bee which was made by John and Sally McKenna for the Irish Food Channel at last year’s Ballymaloe Lifest.