book launch – two years work, drawings and words, all about the River Severn


Art and Writing – All About Rivers

I have a new book to launch, alongside two exhibitions of drawings and prints.

I moved to Thornbury, in the South West, in the early eighties, then to the Forest of Dean in 2006. Throughout those years I’ve spent many hours contemplating the wonders of the River Severn.

In January 2017 I began to work on a series of large-scale, panoramic, charcoal drawings of the Severn, several of which were exhibited and sold. I worked in my studio on the drawings, and wrote at home on my computer – fact-gathering and collating memoirs about my long relationship with the Severn. In other words, I wrote a book.

Like the drawings, the book is in panoramic format. The retail price for this beautiful, fifty-page hard back book is £28 – come along to my talk in the Armoury Hall, Newnham, at 6.30pm on Friday 16th November – the first edition is for one hundred copies only. At the Newnham launch, I will give a short talk about my passion for the Severn and you have an opportunity to buy a signed copy for only £25. There will be a number of original drawings and prints available to buy, which will be displayed in Newnham Community Library from 5th November.

Others will adorn the café walls of The Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop, which launches on 6.30pm Friday 14th December, again, come to the launch to buy a signed copy for only £25. The Brockweir show will also include some new work about the Wye.

Don’t forget, you only get the discounted price if you come to the launches – and there are only a hundred copies available of this first edition, published by

I’m delighted to be under imprint and look forward to seeing more of their publications as they expand their publishing house. They run some great conferences at Dartington, and further afield too. Newnham designer Paul Manning did the layout for the book and is highly recommended, having the patience of a saint.

Dates: Friday 16th November 6.30-8pm Armoury Hall, Dean Rd, Newnham GL14 1AD  Book launch, exhibition and talk

Friday 14th December 6.30-8 pm Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop, Brockweir, Chepstow, NP16 7NW Exhibition launch in Café, including new work about the Wye & copies of Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The Severn will be available (exhibition from 5th December – not too late to order Christmas prints)

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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