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"Richard pops into the cafe sometimes, ~ shy and unassuming, yet a powerhouse of the figurative word and all its connotations.  The poems on this book's pages will always leave us just a little changed, just as poetry should."

Rebecca Commons
- Vancouver Cafe
The foreword of THE SYMPATHETIC COW MURDERER provides some insight to the treat that awaits the reader. This is no ordinary farmer: Richard Davy"s words and pictorials take us city folk on a journey into the wonderland that is the farmer's lot. Drought, frustration, rebirth and relationships are all poigantly laid bare with words and photographs from a tender-souled artist.                                                                      Many books have been written in verse and prose about life on the farm but most are mere observances. The Sympathetic Cow Murderer throws the reader into the maelstrom and forces us to taste it, feel it and become part of it. Davy grieves for what has become of the land but at the same time shares some hope for its survival.                                                                                                                                           What starts out as a semi-biographical taste of life on the land later evolves into relevations on trips up north and aboard by a young man discovering himself and his place in the world.                                          The Sympathetic Cow Murderer would hold its own on any bookshelf or coffee table alongside other books of poetry or photographs. The difference is that each time you take a dip into Davy's work you'll emerge in some way enlightened.                                                                                                                                                                                    THE WEST AUSTRALIAN Feb 22nd   2011

Richard Davy - download a high resolution photo.Richard Davy was born into a dairy farming family near Albany on Western Australia’s south coast in 1967. In the late 1970s, his family moved further east to a virgin block near Cape Riche, whose purchase was conditional on mass land clearing. Richard still lives and works on the same property. It was certified organic in 2003.

A trip to Africa in the early 1990s profoundly changed Richard’s approach to life. Dismayed by the widespread apathy he witnessed on his return to Australia, he started to question, study and write. He also developed his long term interest in photography, documenting his travels and his rural existence in striking images – beautiful, quizzical and heartbreaking.

By the turn of the century Richard could no longer see a future in modern farming practices, and began implementing new ideas on the land. He studied biological soil science, then holistic resource management. It switched a light on for him, fuelling both his farming enterprise and his creative pursuits. He remains optimistic that there are alternative ways to live and farm in harmony with the land.

In 2001 he held his first exhibition of photographs and written word in Albany. Since then he has continued to explore the world of multi-media, combining film, stills photography and spoken word to create miniature movies with a poetic slant.

This book is a collection of writing and photography from the early 1990s to the present. Richard continues to combine farming, writing and photography. He is also studying alternative health practices.