Burder, S. and Symmons Roberts, M., 2013, Limekilns. London: Oaks Editions

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“Limekilns” © Simon Burder

A new acquisition, just arrived, Limekilns is the result of a collaboration between writer, Michael Symmons Roberts and artist Simon Burder. The set of seven original lithographs were drawn in tusche wash and hand-printed from stones by the artist at Oaks Editions in south-west London.

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“Limekilns” © Simon Burder

Both writing and prints focus on a continued involvement with landscape and environment. The book consists of a six-verse poem and seven prints, which together are a response to a shared encounter with the disused limekilns at Porth Clais near St David’s in Pembrokeshire.

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Porth Clais Limekilns © Richard Law

The text is hand set in Baskerville and hand printed letterpress by John Hearn at the Redundant Press.  The book is printed on Velin Arches paper and sewn in three sections without boards. It has a loose dust jacket of grey Canson Mi-Teintes paper.  It is held within a deep-red flapcase with the title blind-stamped on the front and measures 275 mm x 255 mm when closed.

We also have in the main Library collection, Edgelands (2012) by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley.

tusche /ˈto͝oSH(ə)/ n a greasy black composition, in liquid form or to be mixed with liquids, used as ink for making lithographic drawings [early 20th century: from German tuschen, from French toucher ‘to touch’]

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