To Hills and Waterfalls

The tale of a Californian in Calderdale.

This book is a celebration of 10 years in the beautiful Calder Valley, in the Pennines, a range of hills in the north of England.

During this time there have been floods, a pandemic, an episode of homelessness… and there have also been countless gorgeous walks all over these hills and dales.

Poems and haikus, illustrated with many photos I took, mainly on these walks.

The book was produced locally, and 50% of proceeds go to local charities: Slow the Flow, to combat flooding; and Calder Community Cares.

This is my paean to nature, walking, weather, solitude, and happenstance.

Some reviews of To Hills and Waterfalls

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Thank you for giving me “To Hills and Waterfalls.”
The presence surrounding you is so soft - Kohrogi-sensei, Tokyo, Japan
I love your poems so inspired by the Calderdale valley. I can just read and feel so rich inside.
Thank you. Roger King, England (He also read aloud from the book to his men’s group!)
The book is your best. I’d like to order 3 please as birthday and Xmas gifts. Julia, Hebden Bridge
The combination of a glass of wine and your poetry brought me to tears – actual tears – last night. With moisture and everything… The last one in the new book. Chintan, England

About Madhuri Z K Akin

Madhuri Z K Akin

Madhuri was born in California in 1952. She studied poetry and dance at UC Riverside, then in 1970 left hitchhiking on her travels, was invited into a film as a dancing extra, ending up in Europe for two years, where she wrote, published, and had unwise teenage misadventures. She returned to San Francisco, where she performed poetry and acted in dubious films. Her younger sister had meanwhile made it to India, where she met the mystic Osho, then called Bhagwan. She sent for her sister and mother to share in the revelation.

Madhuri then spent 30 years in Osho's communes, meditating, working, dancing, and eventually teaching psychic opening.

Her first book, Impassioned Cows by Moonlight, was published by Hanging Loose Press, New York, in 1974. She is the author of nine books, including the memoir Love at Dancing Leaves: a Tantra Memoir, and Mistakes on the Path.

She lives in Hebden Bridge, England.