Pleasures of…February

23 February 2017 // Pleasures

Poet Sophie McKeand on dreaming and birdsong between Wales and India It’s late February and I’m absorbed by the bright-berried Cotoneaster Cornubia tree/bush outside our home-office window shivering in the Welsh winter grey under the weight of rummaging house-sparrows. Watching them transports me back to the previous week and a sharp memory of being hustled […]

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Pleasures of…January

30 January 2017 // Pleasures

Author of ‘The Long, Long Life of Trees’ Fiona Stafford spends the first month of the year looking out for lapwings When 1st January 2017 finally dawned, it was grey and damp and raw – a day drained of colour and more suited to nursing delicate heads than setting out with New Year resolution. Outside, […]

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Pleasures of…May

9 June 2016 // Pleasures

An insight into the month of May from experimental medieval fiddle and recorder player Laura Cannell May begins away from my native East Anglia, waking up on the first of the month in Manchester and remembering to say white rabbit three times before engaging in the day ahead. I was staying at Islington Mill artists […]

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Pleasures of…April

5 May 2016 // Pleasures

Experimental field recordist extraordinaire Kate Carr was first brought to our attention by Cheryl Tipp, who featured her writing in An Antidote To Indifference Issue 13: Field Recording Special #2. We rather liked the cut of Kate’s jib: so much so, in fact, that we invited her to write this month’s Pleasures column. Lo and […]

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Pleasures of…February

4 March 2016 // Pleasures

Photo: George Wright Words: Anna Pavord The greatest pleasure of February is the feeling that the land is poised, just at the edge of spring. Of course there is no actual beginning or end in this passage of time over the landscape. It is at the same time ephemeral and unchanging. The flux is constant, […]

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