Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Images for Oxford Fine Press Fair - new books
here are some pics for Marbhna - Elegy - I have chosen the most picture-y ones I suppose but I was interested too in the way the indentations from the woodcuts and collagraphs showed through on the back and interacted with the following texts too in a lot of places - hard to show on the websit - come to the fair!
Here also some little Nelson books and "Horatia's Box" that we had in the Tom Paine Press shop window for Trafalgar Day.
I have always had a soft spot for Nelson since I was taken to see the Victory on a primary school outing ( the powder monkeys sounded particularly fascinating, tho I'm not sure I visualised them with correct historical accuracy, being always of an imaginative turn of mind.....)
The Naval Museum at Greenwich have just opened a new display, but it sounds as though they are playing down his heroic status and concentrating rightly enough
on his men too; his men thought he was a hero by all accounts; bit of a shame to be too politically correct, we can always do with a few heroes.....
I read a wonderful novel about Nelson's daughter Horatia and her troubled relationship with poor Emma - she never was acknowledged as her mother of course and Horatia refused to accept it too , although she eventually knew that Nelson, who was overjoyed by the birth of his daughte but died whilst she was still in infancy, was her real father. Both daughter and Emma were treated abominably by both government and society and bundled of to exile in France; but Horatia lived to a fine old age and had several children herself and a good marriage, so there is a happy ending of sorts.
All this was inspired too by my trip to Norfolk for the Norwich Book Fair TTP last spring -
as was the Man in the Moon book ( see below 2 posts back) ....
Also now newly bound 'Hunting the Wren' and 'Love Poems and Curses', collaboration with poems by James Simpson
sorry- taken on a wet dark day so rather lurid colour.....