It’s publication day for Carousel. The book is the result of a very gentle and enjoyable eight year collaboration with my friend, the writer and photographer Chris Routledge. It started as a blog, with posts published erratically. The project experienced long dormant periods, but I’ve always loved every photograph Chris has ever sent me, and loved the conversations we had, resulting from seeing our work placed side by side.
Luke Thompson, editor of Guillemot Press approached us last year, interested to see the work, with the option of turning it into a publication. Luke was aware of my poems having commissioned me for his unique Triptychs project in 2017. I knew that Guillemot Press made very lovely books. Luke’s interest made Chris and I sit up and sort ourselves out. We returned to look closely at the work we already had. Chris took more photographs, I wrote more poems. The collaboration gained some coherence.
I’ve spent eight years looking at this project on a screen. Now I can hold it. Guillemot Press has made a beautiful, tangible thing and I thank them very much. It’s being produced as a limited edition, only 200 copies. Do take a look at Guillemot’s site to find out more about it. Thank you.