I’m extremely pleased to be writing that my latest book, In the Pines, has been published by Influx Press. In the Pines is a novella, which tells the story of the narrator’s lifelong relationship with the forest through a series of fragmented sketches and short stories. It is also a collaboration, with the photographer (and my good friend) Eymelt Sehmer. The book includes a series of her collodion wet plate photographs, using a 170-year old technique which required her to take a mobile dark room into the forest to develop the images on site.
The stories and the photographs contained in the book are linked. Sometimes, Eymelt went into the forest with one of my stories in mind, and came back with an image inspired by it. Other times she came out of the forest with a series of pictures that triggered something in my imagination and out came another story for the book. We will be launching the book on the 20 November at Eymelt’s gallery in Berlin, where she will also be exhibiting the photographs. If you are in or around Berlin next week then we would love to see you.
Otherwise, if the book is of interest then you can get your copy via Influx Press or through your local bookshop. If you are not close to a bookshop or are being careful with shopping right now, Bookshop.org is a website where you can both order online but also support a local or independent bookshop. You can find all my books, including In the Pines, here.
Having been forced to leave Berlin, where I’ve been very happily living and working for sometime, and which I miss dreadfully, because of Brexit, a very close friend there sent me copies of “In the Pines” and “Ghosts on the Shore”, which she had recently discovered. I subsequently bought “Built on Sand” and have just read all three over the last ten days or so. Absolutely wonderful. I found all three enthralling and couldn’t put them down. Consequently I raced through them, always anticipating the next place, character, event, experience, emotion. Now I feel I need to go back and read them again, more slowly and absorb more of what’s in them!!! They were all a delight and as is often the case when one finishes a wonderful book (and I have just finished three!!), one doesn’t know where to go next. So a re reading would not be so absurd!!