Art and Writing
To order: If you wish to order one and have it posted to you, please email me. The RRP is £28, happy to process mail order for £25+£2p&p…..may take a few days to send out. Or £25 at launch
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 art.earth
I’m delighted to be under art.earth 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.
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)
And a brief extract:
“What you are about to read is a road-trip along two banks of the River Severn. The journey is circular, covering a tightly defined area that passes through several counties and two countries. It begins and ends at the Old Severn Bridge. Staring across a river is a very different experience to looking out to sea. The proximity of the banks invites comparison with the opposite side, which may appear to be much closer than it is. Don’t be fooled by your eyes. If you do want to visit the other bank, be warned, it is very likely going to be a long journey, even by car. I have been travelling this loop-de-loop frequently in recent months, powered by my curiosity about parallel places.
One could say this narrative is not dissimilar to a photographic selfie, a geographic self-portrait. The banks appear to mirror each other, but they are not identical. They act as a frame for the river and the Severn could not exist without them.
This is a tour guide with a difference, employing both drawing and writing to portray these places. The locations on both banks were chosen, selfishly, by my own interest in them. Each pairing is a pinch-point of social histories, geographic features and personal anecdotes. Like the sculpted mudflats that border the Severn, I have been shaped and changed by this river.”