Rex Sly - Fenland Historian & Author
I was born in the Fens the son of a farmer whose lineage in farming here goes back to the 17th century. At the age of 60, when most people are contemplate retiring I decided to venture on a part time career change, writing. I am still very involved in farming with my son and when harvest and autumn cultivations finish, I have time to research and write in the winter months. That is until the spring arrives and the farming cycle starts once again. The fens are my birthplace, my workplace, my playground and like my ancestors will be my burial ground. It is this ingrained passion for the fens passed down from my forebears which drives me to unravel its history and its people.
My first book, "From Punt to Plough", was published in 2003 and my second, "Fenland Families", in 2007. Time and good fortune has been kind to me and enabled me to write my third book "Soil in their Souls" A History of Fenland Farming. As long as I can witness the breaking of the dawn and setting of the sun across the flat fens, life to me is precious.
The sun appears with warming glow from that distant sphere,
a different world to ours it is, so far and yet so near;
At first a glint, then a flash of amber flame, tinged with blues and greys,
to wake the humans in the fen and send them on their ways.
- Rex Sly