AN ISLE of Wight author has released his latest works, with a collection of poetry predominantly focusing on the spiritual nature of the south-eastern area of the Island.

Ventnor-based Blake Everitt's The Agony in the Garden has been published by Wild Goat Press, and is available on Amazon in paperback form.

This is the writer's fifth poetry release in less than two years. In addition to the books, his work has featured in a range of periodicals, including the prestigious Harbinger Asylum, a Texas-based quarterly journal.

Speaking about his new book, Blake said: "People can expect poetry with a strong sense of place and of rootedness within the local landscape, with an emphasis on but not limited to the Undercliff area from Bonchurch through to Niton.

"The common thread is a focus on the subsoil of the landscape, its history, its prehistory, its memory and its spirituality.

"At the heart of the book lies a profound engagement with the many sacred sites — and sights — of the Island.

"I would like to thank Seamus Finnegan for reading early manuscripts of the book, George Westcott, Linda Everitt, and Daniel Geoghegan for taking the cover photo."

Blake's reputation as a writer and poet has continued to burgeon since his inaugural publication — a collection of plays entitled Goya's Ghost — in 2017. In February last year he performed alongside the likes of distinguished North American poet James Arthur at Quarr Abbey’s 4Poets event.