It’s one week since I launched my limited edition book Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The Severn and they are going fast. They are all signed and numbered by me, by hand. 50% have gone out of the door and people who bought one are now ordering more in pairs. Being my first ever publication, this is reassuring to me and hopefully to you too. There is a preview copy in Newnham Community Library, in the Armoury Hall (GL14 1AD), if you want to peruse first.
The books will be available for sale in various places on the run up to Christmas, at RRP. Or you can contact me directly if you want one for £25 plus p&p (UK is £2 per copy)
At the Newnham Art & Craft Weekender: Armoury Hall, Newnham, GL14 1AD
Friday 7th December 7-9pm meet the artist’s and enjoy some mulled cider, supported by Severnside Cider
Saturday 8th December 10am-1pm during Community Cafe opening hours
Sunday 9th December 2-5pm lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
On Monday 10th December I’ll be up at the crack of dawn to hang work in the cafe of the Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop. There will be new artworks there about the Wye in Brockweir, alongside some old favourite prints of the Severn. And some books!
There MAY be a launch on Friday 14th, but check back here nearer the time before you set off.
You can download the synopsis here.
Or listen to to BBC Radio Gloucester interview here.
BACKGROUND TO BOOK
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.
There are only a hundred copies available of this first, hardback, edition, published by art.earth. Each book is signed and numbered by the artist.
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.
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.”
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