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           About Linda Knight.

Born in Wimbledon, London SW19, in the late 40s, a few years after the end of World War II, Linda Knight ( nee Randall ) grew up showing the talents which were to form her later life; a lover of animals and insects, gardening and considerable artistic talent. As a young girl she spent time helping her grandparents in the garden and collecting insects which she kept in her bedroom much to her mother's consternation. Her family could not keep large pets since they lived in a small flat, but her collection included white mice, a budgerigar, an antery and various jars of insects. Even as a youngster Linda had a special way with animals.

Linda wanted to be a vet but her family could not afford to pay for the training, instead she grew to be "the animals' friend", always there to try to mend a wing, remove a thorn from a paw or just give care. She even caught a polecat-ferret in the street and rescued a pipistrelle bat from her bedroom. She eventually had a small-holding where she kept goats, horses, chickens and bees,

After her son left home she had more spare time and began to re-discover and develop her talents for writing, poetry and painting, and gave several local talks on her life. It is a strange connection with East Lodge, Belper, that Jedediah's daughters Elizabeth and Martha were both accomplished poets, and another, that Gerry's favorite painter, Turner, was painting on the Isle of Wight (where Linda and Gerry lived) in 1795 when East Lodge was built. Linda has presented one poem on the page "East Lodge" and other examples of her poetry and pictures are given below. "A prickly problem" was written after a painful episode cleaning out the greenhouse which housed her husband's cacti collection, "Galloping free" was inspired by her love of horses. Linda has produced a CD of her poetry and stories.

Linda is an accomplished gardener. Her prize-winning East Lodge garden (Best Residential Garden in East Midlands, 2002) is shown on the linked page "Links with Pawtucket", and was featured on the BBC Video Nation where she made four short videos of the seasons. Because these are not reliably reproduced on the BBC website anymore, a combined version is reproduced here. On the right is the BBC program "Up The Garden Path" made about the garden. Play or download.

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Linda also wrote short (very short) Christmas pantomimes for BBC radio Derby.You can listen to the broadcasts here.

In her early forties Linda was having trouble with her eysight and was devastated to find she had Glaucoma, a hereditary eye problem. By then she had lost some sight but a successful operation on both eyes has stabilised the deterioration.


I'm fed up with your cacti plants,
They may be green and tough,
But the flowers only last a day
And I have had enough.

The prickly pear is in the bin.
The rest are yet to follow.
It's them or me my own true love.
I find them hard to swallow.

They like it hot, well so do I.
I am a hot-house flower.
So my love, just throw them out!
Those prickly plants with power.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2000


With a high pitched shriek
They launch themselves into a new found freedom.
A freedom of the air, a freedom of flight.
Building their knowledge of airflows and
Catching their own prey.
Their parents look on
Knowing they have fulfilled their task.
A task that will begin again next Spring
With a new clutch of eggs.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2013


We're ruining the planet
With the way we live,
We take the Earth's resources
And something has to give.
Plastic that is man-made
Is ruining the sea,
Killing the marine life,
A plastic tragedy.
Icecaps are quickly melting,
Warming up the sea,
Changing all the airflows,
Man's catastrophe.
Weather getting rougher,
Seas are on the rise,
With drought and heavy rainfall,
Are they man's demise?
Man won't change his lifestyle,
He wants more and more,
Taking from the planet,
All it's earthly store.
Planet Earth will fight back,
We cannot change the past,
Have we gone past the turning point,
The clock is ticking fast.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2019

More of Linda's poetry may be found on these linked pages.
Poems about Belper, Derbyshire.

Christian Faith Poems.

Allsorts of Poems.

More Allsorts of Poems.

Linda has written several children's colouring booklets of stories or poetry.
Display/Download "A Little Book of Poems" booklet in PDF

Display/Download "A Picture of Poetry" booklet in PDF

Display/Download "Badger Magic" booklet in PDF

Some of Linda's eBooks are available from Amazon & Amazon's Kindle.
Twinkle at Sea Cover


I gallop away across the fields
on a strong horse, although he yields.
The wind caressing my hair and face.
Horse's mane flowing at the pace.
Galloping on, feeling free as a bird,
on a powerful animal from the herd.
Galloping onwards on a steady course.
Body and soul at one with the horse.
Galloping onwards, galloping fast,
quickly into the future, leaving the past.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2000


When a life is taken
And the heartbeat fades away
The essence is still there.
It remains in the hearts and minds
Of the living,
The family, the friends, the associates.
The emotions of love, sadness and grief,
Followed by the questions of why, how, when.
The agony of being torn apart from a loved one,
But the peace of knowing that there is another time,
Another place,
A spiritual existence
In a higher realm.
A realm of light, love and tranquillity,
A place where there is no more pain.
For the life that has been taken.
So when the heartbeat fades away,
Remember that they are in God’s Paradise.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2013

Fury was a little foal,
Who liked to run and play,
His legs were long, his mane was short,
His eyes a bluey grey.
Fury had a little lump,
Growing above his eyes,
It sprouted out into a horn,
Much to his surprise.
His mother said it was alright,
That he had this fine horn,
Because he was a special foal,
A young white unicorn.
He knew that he was different,
From the other foals around,
Each step he took felt light as air,
When he pranced on the ground.

Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2019

"Cats With Hats" ASIN B005HHYIJA, ISBN 9798495919938
"Twinkle At Large" ASIN B005H7BOFA, ISBN 9798493285202
"Twinkle At Sea" ASIN B005H7GUIM, ISBN 9798494394422
"Twinkle Takes Flight" ASIN B005H7GLWM, ISBN 9798494670809
"Twinkle's Christmas" ASIN B005H7LMNU, ISBN 9798493065378
"Dusty Settles Down" ASIN B0064N5WKK
"Basil's Year" ASIN B00CO5AGUI
"David and Whizz the Dragon" ASIN:B07R9NWWG1, ISBN 9798489756396
"A Poetry Rainbow" ASIN:B07RCJBPT7, ISBN 9798483613725

winter sun
four seasons
Ginny and me
sheep and Critch stand
dog tug-o-war
two ponies
geese line dance
autumn ploughing
sleepy pigs
hedgehogs three

Click on picture to enlarge/shrink.

All paintings Copyright Linda Knight ( L A Knight ) 2000-2015

List of Linda's published poems and stories.

Title isbn-10(pre 2007) or e-ASIN isbn-13
Hands 1857860845 9781857860849
Divorce 1561670421
Washing Day -
A New Look 0952446723
The Gatekeeper 0952446723
Lazy Summer's Day -
The Eco Warrior 1844180638
Going Forward 1844180778
Melting Moments 0754344231(HB)
True Treasure 1844181758
Jesus 1844310469 50(HB)
In The Garden 1844310485 77(HB)
Harry The Toad 1844182207 193(HB)
Supermarket Dash 1844607631
Invisible Armour 1844607631
Harry's Holiday 1844182991
Calamity Who? 1844607690
Santa's Night Out 1844183238
The Outcome 1844608650
Christmas Dreams 1844183297
Twinkle 1844183793
Pointing The Way 1844310760(HB)
Love Through The Years 1844608670
Witches Night 1844183955
The Buzzard 1846020174
Summertime Blessings 1844310841(HB)
Sleepy Cat 1844184188
Sidney The Brain Cell 1859291392
The Child Who Never was ?
Sidney The Brain Cell & The Amazing Drop 1859291422
Remembering 1846020379
Mother In law 1844184250
Lost And Found 1844184293
Memories Of A Royal Event 1844184315
Bad Night 1844184269
The Magic Of Spring 1844184463
Great Britain 1846020530
Sidney The Brain Cell & The Land Of The Dragons 1859291473
Waltz With Me 978-1844184620
The Touch 978-1844184606
Eggs 978-1844310906
Fields Of Red 978-1846020207
Sidney The Brain Cell & The Ride Of His Life 978-1859291535
Stirrings From The Past 978-1844184675
Light 978-1844184828
Hairs 978-1844184750
Sidney The Brain Cell In The Garden 978-1859291580
A Funny Thought 978-1844184781(HB)
The Lovable Cat Who Moaned And Groaned 978-1844184859
Lines 978-1844184958
Easter AT Large 978-1844184934
Never Give Up 978-1844184996
Walking In The Snow 978-1844185061
Recycling 978-1844185085
Ringing In The New 978-1844185139
South Wales 978-1844185252
Devotion 978-1844185283
The One In A Million 978-1844185290
At Cliff's Edge 978-1844185382
The Lady Of The Lake 978-1844185603
Twinkletoes 978-1844185634
Brrmm Brrmm Rosie 978-1844185795
A Moment In Time 978-1844185801
Refreshing Rain 978-1844185849
The Perigrine In Belper 978-1844186150
Why War? 978-1844186419
Love Is ... 978-1844186365 72(HB)
A Lot Of Hot Air
Officially Summertime 978-1844186464
A Royal Child Of our Time 978-1844186617
They're Watching You 978-1844186695
Our Friend Dusty 978-1844186662
A Night In October 978-1844186709
Thank You Father God 978-1844186723
Clowns 978-1844186761
An Ode To A Toad 978-1844186747
Fighting Men
Memories Of War
A Winter's Tale
Home At Last
The Spirit
Linda Let Loose (CD)
Walking The Path (Faith Poetry Booklet)
A step At A Time (Faith Poetry Booklet)
Threads Of Life (Faith Poetry Booklet)
Wriggle The Caterpillar (Story Booklet)
A Coffee Cup Of Poems (Poetry Booklet)
A Poetry Mix (Poetry Booklet)
A Christmas Present (Poetry Booklet)
A Pocket Full of Poems (Poetry Booklet)
A Paintbox Of Poems (Poetry Booklet)
Poetry Picnic (Poetry Booklet)
Poems and Colouring Pictures for Children (Poetry Booklet)
David and the Dragon, Whizz Flies Home (Story Booklet) ASIN:B07R9NWWG1 9798489756396
Cats With Hats (Poetry Booklet) ASIN:B005HHYIJA 9798495919938
Twinkle Takes Flight (Story Booklet) ASIN:B005H7GLWM 9798494670809
Twinkle At Large (Story Booklet) ASIN:B005H7B0FA 9798493285202
Twinkle At Sea (Story Booklet) ASIN:B005H7GUIM 9798494394422
Twinkle's Christmas (Story Booklet) ASIN:B005H7LMNU 9798493065378
Dusty Settles Down (Story Booklet) ASIN:B0064N5WKK 9798497323993
Basil's Year (Story Booklet) ASIN:B00CO5AGUI 9798497892222
David and Whizz the Dragon (Story Booklet) ASIN:B07R9NWWG1 9798489756396
A Poetry Rainbow (Poetry Booklet) ASIN:B07RCJBPT7 9798483613725
Greg's Adventures (Story Booklet) ASIN:B09GZPLFDM 9798484261017
Badger Magic (Story Booklet)
Prickles Detective Agency (Story Booklet)
Whiskers (Story Booklet)
Poems Pictures Puzzles (Poetry Booklet)
Jubilee Memories (Poetry Booklet)
Ho Ho Ho It's Christmas (Poetry Booklet)
A Treasure Chest of Poems (Poetry Booklet)
A Poetry Jigsaw (Poetry Booklet)
A Picture of Poetry (Poetry Booklet)
A Christmas Mix of Poetry (Poetry Booklet)
A Little Book of Poems (Poetry Booklet)
Dinosaurs at Large (Poetry Booklet)
Holey Moley's Adventures (Story Booklet)
Go Wild Poems (Poetry Booklet)