Hornbeam amidst the moor


Hornbeam amidst the moor, acrylic on card (Daniel Graham)

Amidst the great open moorland there stood a hornbeam, its limbs reaching out for winter. The air was cold, and with this chill I felt my cheeks tighten. I walked towards the tree for some minutes, first entering its breathing ground, and then, a minute beyond that, its lichen-stippled trunk. I sat beneath the hornbeam’s brittle wood and listened on as three crows came to rest above my head, their movements knocking small twigs to the ground around me.

Waves on a shingle beach


Waves on a shingle beach, oil on board (Daniel Graham)

I sat, within my subconscious, on that shingle beach. It was late summer and the night was warm, yet over to the east a windstorm was brewing, its peripheral gusts pushing seawater onto my cheeks. I picked up a pebble and threw it towards the ocean, losing sight of its mass long before it reached the waves. Then, in a moment of brilliance, a bowler rose before me, larger than any that night, just as the moon’s half-light broke through the density of the squall. What magic, I thought, though I knew this to be a fallacy; for all one must do to see such glory is open their eyes.

A Walk to the Water publication and book launch

A Walk to the Water: Six Million Steps to the Mediterranean Sea is now available. To get a hold of a copy please visit SilverWood Books, or any other major online bookstore, including Waterstones, Blackwell’s and Amazon.

I will be holding a book launch at the Spotted Cow pub in Bristol, from 7.30pm – 9.00pm on the 9th November 2015. Please do feel free to stop by should the distance be achievable.

For more information and regular updates, head over to my author website: danielegraham.wix.com/author

A Walk to the Water - Daniel Graham

A Walk to the Water – Daniel Graham