Martin Kirby

Martin Kirby

HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

Go on – find out who you really are

Here I sit, cocooned in a mountain valley in the timeless Priorat, British-born, Catalonia-committed, alarmed by the jingoism and racism in my old country that's been stirred like mud from the bottom of...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

They are legend

Drift east along our sleepy lane, away from the patchwork farms, lush gardens radiating from the village, towards the brooding pine forest and tooth of limestone that is La Mola Mountain. It is a timely...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

Chop chop whizz whizz corre corre

I confess. Once upon a distant time I was a hopeless speed freak. I used to test high performance cars for a living, flying all over the world to hurtle round racetracks, skid and slide along rally stages,...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

The truthsayers

There is the media... yes them... the circus clowns of gossip, celebrity and titillation, the puff and shallow, mindless nonsense. And then there are the journalists, local and international, who can change...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

We are family

Friends, Europeans, countrymen, lend me your ears....We are just weeks away from a “stay or leave” vote in the United Kingdom on membership of the European Union, which is a throat-parching thought....

E. F. Schumacher
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

Small is beautiful

The sparrow-hawk was dead before it hit the ground. In its tunnel-vision, terrain-skimming pursuit of prey it had crossed the path of breakneck, bludgeoning humanity. It had been swatted by a truck and...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

A monumental call

I have several hats, professionally speaking, and the one I have worn the most in my life is that of impartial journalist, editor and commentator. I worked for one daily newspaper in the UK for 22 years,...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

The power of green

It is stopping the traffic and the dog walkers. The winter joggers keep moving, but there is a perceptible easing of the pace. I even saw one running on the spot so as to check what was new, and the next...

Josep Ahumada (front right) and his La Corranda dance theatre company  ARCHIVE
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

The art of fulfilment

Capçanes, the peaceful Priorat village so close to our farm, was a beacon of contentment. Dusk had fallen on a still, blue day, and the nest of soft yellow street lights at the foot of the Sierra de Llaberia...