Wednesday, 29 July 2020
The Silent Unwinding - Readers' Gallery
The Unwinding and its partner, The Silent Unwinding, have been out in the world for a while now. I've been working away in mine, because over the weeks a new book began to grow. But that, for now, is another story, though hard to describe what it will be. Curiously, as a result, most of what has been worked into my Silent Unwinding has been words.
Others have responded with words, images, ink, paint, collections of photographs, memories, wishes, desires. We asked and still ask people to send in their images to begin to form a gallery. You can email them to email@example.com and we also respect that some people will wish just to keep their thoughts private, but then, if you have a copy and are happy to send us an image so we can see where it is, that would be wonderful to. Thank you to all who have sent it so far.
The first edition sold through fast and the new edition should be in, hot off the press soon and available through indie bookshops and Solva Wollen Mill and Kenilworth Books where Tamsin Rosewell is reworking the Tempest on its pages in ink, and Number Seven Dulverton... and more. Blackwell's in Oxford and Kenilworth will soon have small colouring in sheets to download, and I am working with Unbound to make a high end large version on beautiful paper that can be painted then framed. If this works it will become part of a series. And there is a jigsaw soon.
So you can draw, colour, piece together images from the book while listening to the audio book which is for sale through Unbound and will soon be on Audible.
I am finding a new unwinding in the space between letters and the colour of gold and soon also in wings. I hope that some of you who have supported this will come to the next placeof leaf thoughts and strangeness. I have to warn you that it won't be the same. For this now is done, and has to live its own wild life.
But it will be a soul song. I hope it will be beautiful. Even its title is complicated to talk about. I will have to show you. My hope is that it will be the best I can do, for now.
I've a winged badger who will be for sale soon. He/she is the proof page from The Silent Unwinding and I have given her/him wings, and small leaves beneath feet. Shaman badger with teapot, part print, part painting. I'm away from home at the moment, in the land of heat and dust ( England- the Cotswolds, and acyually it is most beautiful here) and will pop up for sale on my website when I get home. It's only small, the size of the book. I'm going to give a couple of the proof sheets to Tamsin Rosewell to paint on, to sell, to get books into food banks.
For now, may you find peace.
And before I go I must mention this. It has close connections to The Unwinding. It is Reading by Bearlight, and for sale from Penguin Books in aid of the Literacy Trust. £85 for 85 days.
Thank you. x
The Unwinding hardback
- Narrated by Bethany Porter
- Music by The Bookshop Band
- 18 tracks (including two new songs)