Walking out Embraced by soft morning chill No sounds To cloud the chorus That had greeted The recent dawning No comfort in A familiar convoy of buses Full of light And nothing else A world not strange  to hearts and thoughts That will never match The received insane wisdom  of the unwise Listening to the words Of the sacrificial genius On the dishonoured roll of the dead Soon to be lost in our past ‘ Isolation’ copyright Geoff Francis 2020   ‘Raptor’s Plight’  copyright Geoff Francis 2018

A Badgers Tale

The artistic flair of a group of classmates has won high praise from a wildlife expert who selected their “moving collection” to illustrate a new book. Artwork from pupils at St Colman’s High and Sixth Form College in Ballynahinch features in a wildlife crime novel aimed at helping end badger baiting. A Badger’s Tale by Geoff Francis celebrates the value of the badger to the countryside and also raises questions about what happens to it at the hands of humans. Its publication was sponsored by the Naturewatch Foundation, which ran an illustration competition for schools. TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham selected his favourite 21 illustrations to appear in the book – eight from St Colman’s pupils. The wildlife crime mystery novel is a challenging story about […]

Helping a blind woman “see” the art she loves

  An art-loving woman with restricted sight was overjoyed to use touch to finally ‘see’ a painting by a Saatchi-shortlisted Dorset artist at a conservation charity’s auction at the Cutty Sark in London. Sandi Johnson, who had begun to lose her sight aged 12, no longer has central vision and her peripheral vision has also deteriorated. She told Artist Geoff Francis, who donated four pieces to the Sea Shepherd charity’s auction at their 40th Anniversary Gala event, that she loved art but could not see it without an extremely strong magnifying device and then only rarely, since most art was behind glass. Geoff invited Sandi to run her hands across the canvas of his sculptural painting Hidden Deep. The painting was created as an environmental statement about […]