My forthcoming work, Mid-Century Modern on a Shoestring which combines the mid-century modern interior modelled on our 70s house, 'Blackbirds' with a semi-autobiographical narrative, is now complete and being submitted to literary agents. On my Instagram page @blackbirdsandme are many sneak peaks and teasers as to what it might contain, but the book itself , which includes photography, countless tips and examples, along with a final chapter on nostalgia and what I have termed 'the memory of walls' offers all these things rolled into one attractive and highly absorbing tome.
Whilst waiting on a literary agent to take the plunge, I took the step of independently publishing my long overdue collection of poems, The Memory of Walls, which offers a 'potted version' of sorts of the main work's final chapter.
This collection of poems includes themes central to my interiors book and the element of nostalgia is never far away.
The concept behind my work ties in perfectly with my penchant for mid-century modern interiors which include a mix of old and new. It embraces the idea that the walls themselves have memory to which we are continually adding: by the lives we live within, the decorative choices we make, and the eclectic layering of meaningful objects inside.
The setting shown in my launch photograph, pictured here, is the 'End Room' at Blackbirds; the backdrop, aptly, a wall visible through the sliding glass door, and the teak, glass-topped coffee table is a favourite second-hand find. The front cover illustration is by @isabella_synkova who takes inspiration from British neo-romantic artists. The grape hyacinths are from the garden outside my window at Blackbirds.
To buy The Memory of Walls (Amazon, £5.95)
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