Delighted to share the news of the recent poetry collection, Behind Closed Doors by Robbie Cheadle.
About the collection
What goes on behind closed doors: in the boardroom, after death, in the home, during lockdown, and in nature? This collection of poems, ranging from rhyming verse to twisted nursery rhymes, captures the emotions and thoughts people hide behind the masks they present to the world.
What thoughts are hidden
Behind her immobile face
Eyes cold and indifferent
Scrutinising me – hawk like
This book includes some of Robbie Cheadle’s spectacular fondant art and cakes.
A selection of books for adults and children by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
One of the recent reviews for Open a New Door poetry collection
Two authors open doors to new vistas in their collaborative collection of poetry, Open a New Door. Both authors, Robbie Cheadle and Kim Blades are British ex-pats now living and writing in South Africa. Their poems mingle themes relevant to women in the workplace: motherhood, illness, divorce, and disillusionment with politics, the corporate world, and desire for conservation of the environment.
The writers, whose poems alternate on a given theme, play with rhythm and rhyme as they discourse on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Readers who want to learn more about exotic animals in South Africa will not be disappointed as they introduce us to special species of birds like hadidas, or rain birds as they are called. Poems about lions, the cheetah, and hyaenas also make an appearance.
Both poets are skilled with emotive description. Poet Robbie reviews her stages of life in “My Minds’ Eye,” comparing her accomplishments to colors of an artist’s palette and warning readers of the need to adapt or die: “Change your colours often gold, red, orange, blue and green You need to become a chameleon in your function.” Another passage that caught my attention from Kim Blades: “My mother who bore me in the wild midland hills the old beggar who shares his scant food and the people of my village who give without question have taught me that we receive what we give and only in our living and giving does Nature live so that the Love of Nature is what leads to Love of Man.”
Like singers in a duet, these poets harmonize their thoughts and feelings uniquely, enhanced by photographs from author Cheadle’s son, Henry. I highly recommend this collection to lovers of nature and those curious about two modern women’s experience living in South Africa.
About Robbie Cheadle
Robbie Cheadle is a children’s author and poet. She also writes books for adults under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
The Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie has also published books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Robbie writes a monthly series for Writing to be Read called Growing Bookworms. This series discusses different topics relating to the benefits of reading to children.
Robbie has a blog, Robbie’s Inspiration where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to buy Robbie’s latest poetry collection.. thanks Sally.