Look Out Locked In' is a beautifully illustrated A5 book of artworks with 119 colour pages. It is a collaboration between sixteen members of the Aldeburgh Arts Club luncheon group. Artists, poets, writers, bookmakers, potters, herbologist and makers, who came together in the spring of 2020 on zoom. They were set a subject matter for a period of eight weeks in which they could express in whatever creative form they might be inspired to use, story, photography, painting,drawing, journaling,poetry, exploring what it feels like to be in Lockdown and self isolating during this strangest of times.
A limited edition of 90. Price £10.00 (plus postage and packing).
A sense of place has always been crucial to my writing. I was born in Pakefield, Suffolk, a coastal village at the southern end of the then thriving fishing port of Lowestoft - Norse names and on-shore fisher folk - in a house as close to the sea as could be, on a marly, sandy shifting cliffside, which is now a slope of a walk, to a shingle shift, seakale and no fisherfolk in sight, of the ever raging sometime calm, pigeon blue grey, chilly north sea.
My earliest memory is of the sun rising from an unusually calm blue summer's dead calm sea, my playground one of light, air and pebbles, the shingles shifting sound, ozone and bird call and salty seawater stinging and stimulating, or buoyant, uplfiting, when immersed in it's sandy softness. An unsure, on shore sort of world, certainly one of beauty. Water, nature, art, love and loss, family, to immerse within, to contemplate, to be balmed by - and that which still informs my writing. Kneeling In Dust was published 15th October 2020.
Price £8.00 plus postage and packing
Click here to listen to Gillie performing 'Kneeling In Dust'
Click here to listen to Gillie performing 'Restaurante Avero Porto'