Seven Doors in an Unyielding Stone

Seven Doors in an Unyielding Stone


A new series of pocket-sized books for Autumn 2018. Seven extraordinary authors, seven beautiful books. Seven ways to approach the unapproachable and speak about the unspeakable.

We're delighted and slightly amazed to introduce seven astonishing new books from Hedgespoken Press, with publication due at the end of this month. Eight accomplished authors and artists have come together to contribute to this series, the most audacious book-project yet that we've undertaken.

We are launching the series at Dartington Village Hall in South Devon, at 7pm on Saturday 10th November - do come along if you're in the area, as we have Martin, Terri, Joanna, Michaela, Rima and Tom reading their work and talking about the project, with wine and almost certainly music, hopefully dancing and celebration. It should be a lovely evening, and the culmination of months of work. There's a Facebook page for the event here, if you do that thing.

SEVEN DOORS IN AN UNYIELDING STONE

The titles in the series are:

TWILIGHT – Jay Griffiths
BLACK HAT – Tom Hirons
WHEN I WAS FURTHEST FROM WATER – Joanna Hruby (with photography by Michaela Meadow)
BULL · POPPY · STAR – Sylvia V. Linsteadt
THE FIVE FATHOMS – Martin Shaw
NINE PRAISE RIDDLES – Rima Staines
SEVEN LITTLE TALES – Terri Windling

The seven titles are available singly (click on the titles for more information and to place orders) and as a collectors’ limited edition boxed set as well as a book-lovers’ bundle of all seven books. We hope you love them as much as we do.

The series includes poetry, non-fiction, artwork, photography, short stories, prayers and riddles - each piece plays a part in describing, enacting or circumlocuting an area of psychic reality and mythic space-time in which story, land, self and other become less-than-many and describe one another in familiar, intimate ways.

Or, in plainer English, all the pieces wrap around each other and in a big, beautiful tangle, say:

Look - the world is complicated and alive. But, there's a space just HERE where all the paradoxes and contradictions make, if not sense, then at least a more harmonious music.

The nature of that space is difficult to speak about. Somewhere in the relationship between the sacred and the profane, between passion and tenderness, between myth and riddle, the personal and the universal, between complexity and simplicity, and dancing in the dusk-lit areas of the psyche and the cosmos - somewhere in there, that's the space I think we're talking about. Read the books - tell us if you agree and what we might bring back from a picnic or pilgrimage to that space. Some of the images in these books have lived there for a long, long time.

The books are being printed by Calverts in London again, the printer we've used for SOMETIMES A WILD GOD and THE FIREBIRD. The paper is 100% recycled and the inks are veg-based. The covers are coloured card, printed with SILVER ink.

Do join us in Devon on the 10th of November if you can - there's no need for tickets - and please spread the word about this exciting and illuminating new series!

Click on the images below to see more about each title and collection.