MEMORIES of the Cotswolds have been brought to life in a new book of poems.

The self-published book, penned by Hugh O’Connell, of Clapton Row, Bourton-on-the- Water, is a collection of more than 50 poetry booklets written over the last 14 years.

His experiences of people in many of the north Cotswold villages in the book include the Jubilee Flotilla on the river Windrush, the Olimpick torchlight procession in Chipping Campden and the hidden “City of Dorn” in Moreton.

The 65-year-old, who works as a carer at Jubilee Lodge, said inspiration for the poems came during his time working as a teaching advisory for special needs children in local schools.

“I was stuck very much by the unique beauty of the Cotswolds,” he said.

“It was absolutely stunning. I’ve always been interested in local history.

“I hope the poems may encourage others to visit these villages and places and perhaps encourage them to write their poems. It’s a very positive book.”

This is the fourth book Mr O’Connell has written.

A Feast of Cotswold Poems costs £4.99 and is available from Borzoi Bookshop in Stow, via distributer Nielsens or by calling the author on 01451 810204.