Publications

All of India’s publications are now available via The Temenos Academy. In addition, Pattern & 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.


TitleFriedrich Hölderlin - Selected Poems

India Russell is a widely published poet, her fourth collection being Pattern The Golden Thread (Paekakariki Press, 2014). Virginia McKenna, who has recorded much of India’s poetry, writes, ‘India Russell continues to weave her deep magic, uniquely transporting us into other realms, awakening memories images.’ It was the magic of the natural worlds, visible and invisible, in the work of Friedrich Hölderlin that made India Russell decide to embark on her translation, Hyperion or the Hermit in Greece, which has been called ‘a true poet’s translation.’

India, a Fellow of the Temenos Academy, studied German and Scandinavian at University College London and was Junior Research Fellow in German at King’s College, London. She holds a Speech Drama Licentiate at Guildhall School of Music Drama and trained in Contemporary Dance at The Place. But her ‘real teachers’, she writes, ‘have always been the natural world, visions and dreams, for which, thank goodness, there are no colleges or

AuthorFriedrich Hölderlin
Translated byIndia Russell
PublishedJune 2019
PublisherPaekakariki Press Ltd
ISBN9781908133366
Price£0.00

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

TitleHyperion or The Hermit in Greece

A new translation by India Russell of Friedrich Hölderlin's Hyperion oder der Eremit in Griechenland. The work is a non-linear account of a sensitive young man's life in the tumultuous and spiritually barren times of the late Eighteenth Century.

Unappreciated, writing poetry far beyond his time, deeply in love with a married woman, Friedrich Hölderlin is the true Romantic artist who lived his ideals.

AuthorFriedrich Hölderlin
Translated byIndia Russell
PublishedNovember 2016
PublisherMelrose Books
ISBN978911280323
Price£14.99
Reviews
“Hölderlin’s remarkable novel was missing from the corpus of his work available in translation. India Russell has filled the gap in style, taking the unashamedly noble poetic prose head-on and rendering it in a matching style that gives direct access to this extraordinary mind.”
T. J. Reed, Professor of German, The Queen's College, Oxford

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
Images byIndia 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
FormatCD
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
Images byIndia Russell
PublishedSeptember 2014
PublisherCapstick & Wagg
FormatPaperback
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 Temenos Academy Review 16
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

TitlePattern & The Golden Thread

Pattern & The Golden Thread is India Russell's fourth collection of poetry.

Set against the background of the ever-changing seasons, we gradually see the pattern and design of the natural world through which are glimpsed other mysterious dimensions. Man's hubristic attitude to Nature is a constant threat to this divine order but the golden thread remains unbroken, leading on towards the 'everlasting light.'

Virginia McKenna has recorded some of the poems for the Born Free Foundation.

AuthorIndia Russell
Images byLil Tudor-Craig
PublishedJune 2014
PublisherPaekakariki Press
ISBN9781908133151
Price£12.50
Reviews
India Russell continues to weave her deep magic, uniquely transporting us into other realms, awakening memories and images.
Virginia McKenna OBE, Hon Dr of Science

[...]So, when a collection like India Russell’s Pattern & the Golden Thread comes along, the heart lifts. This is Russell’s fourth collection, 36 short poems that move from one spring to another, celebrating the natural world and finding the golden thread that runs unbroken through it.

Celebratory, but not sentimental, cosmic but strongly rooted in the everyday. Like Blake she can see the large things in the small.

India Russell’s own intellectual background — German and Norwegian studies, a Guildhall Music and Drama training, wide reading in Buddhist and Indian thought — underpins a sharply observant eye, and a sense of humour as strong as her sense of wonder.

If I had to pick out one poem from this beautifully printed and illustrated collection, I think it would be The Curve in the Road from the section called Summer becoming Autumn. Eleven lines long, it has something in common with Frost’s The Road Not Taken, in the sense that the travellers will never make this particular journey again. But it has a different kind of simplicity, one that belongs entirely to India Russell: I see it now/The curve in the road where we had stopped/The quiet inn and swooping swallows/The view of distant hills/It seemed as though we had stepped out/Beyond the clamour of the daily world/Into a fairy tale/We’ll come back, we said/Stay at the inn and ?nd/Ourselves again/We never did return.

Piers Plowright Camden New Journal

TitleThe Dance of Life

The Dance of Life is a sequence of poems which follows the movement and pattern of life from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes this takes the form of recognisable dance, as in the school poem, The Forbidden Garden, or the poem to Nina Simone, Black and Blue; at other times the rhythmical pattern is seen in dreams and visions or even, as in Tale Told in a Cab, in the repeated journeys of a ghost. And sometimes the dance disappears altogether beneath 'The World and all its clutching hands.', until, finally, we see the divine Dance of Nature and the gateway to Reality.

AuthorIndia Russell
PublishedNovember 2010
PublisherGodstow Press
ISBN9781907651014
Price£7.00
Reviews
The poignancy of India Russell’s poems is that of exile; exile from a Paradise glimpsed in dreams, in memories of childhood, in the beauty of the world. It is a poetry of vulnerability and sorrow, but also — precisely because we are ‘so close to home it hurts’ — of transfiguring hope.
Dr. John Carey, celticist, writer and general editor of Temenos Academy Review
A sequence of poems as exhilarating as its title. India Russell has the rare gift of making the spiritual and the physical, one, and has found the perfect metaphor for that union.
Piers Plowright, critic and broadcaster
Many people write poetry; few however are really poets. India Russell is one of the few.
Sir Nicholas Pearson, Bt., chairman of the Temenos Academy

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
Images byIndia Russell
PublishedSeptember 2010
PublisherStacey International
FormatPaperback
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 Camden New Journal
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
FormatHardback
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 Temenos Academy Review 2008
A fresh and original talent.
Rona Laurie, former Head of Speech and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama