Welcome to Hedgespoken Press. Born in 2015 as part of our endeavour to build a travelling storytelling theatre (see below), we are a very small enterprise and we rely on word of mouth to spread the news about our books and prints and everything we do. For all that it is a double-edged sword, social media is a place where many people find out about what Hedgespoken makes and does and who we are. We would be very grateful if you could help our efforts.
We believe in the power of art and the written word, just as we believe in the power of old stories told by starlight and fire. We believe that all these things are important.
Your support helps us create more of them all. Thank you for being interested in what we do and supporting our work.
Tom and Rima
Tom Hirons is a poet, storyteller and wilderness rites of passage guide. His work has appeared in Dark Mountain (book 2), the Earth First! Journal, EarthLines magazine and in various collaborative works. Tom has been involved in spoken-word poetry and storytelling for over 15 years, and has been writing for far longer.
Rima Staines is an artist using paint, wood, word, music, animation, clock-making, puppetry and story to attempt to build a gate through the hedge that grows along the boundary between this world and that. Her gate-building has been a lifelong pursuit, and she hopes to have perhaps propped aside even one spiked loop of bramble (leaving a chink just big enough for a mud-kneeling, trusting eye to glimpse the beauty there beyond), before she goes through herself.
Rima's artwork has appeared in and on books, magazines, and record covers on both sides of the Atlantic. She maintains a passionately-followed blog at intothehermitage.blogspot.com and has sold paintings and prints of her work (as well as the clocks she makes) in her travels the length and breadth of Britain. Her work hangs on walls in six of the seven continents.
...the best illustrator of the realm of faërie, oak-smoked,sad-strung but vital, that I have ever seen - Jay Griffiths in KITH.
We have told stories from the depths of the Devon moors to the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. We have converted a 1960's Bedford RL lorry into Hedgespoken, a travelling off-grid storytelling and theatre project, which is also our home when we're on the road. Hedgespoken Press is the printed-word arm of Hedgespoken. See the Hedgespoken website for the story so far... This is the video we put together for our fundraising efforts in 2014:
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