This month's collection of books truly reflects the authors' passions. A tour of Scotland's bothies, a study of a famed painter and a tribute to working life in the Dales make up our alumni bookshelf.
The Scottish Bothy Bible
The Scottish Bothy Bible is the first complete guide book to Scotland’s bothies. Geoff Allan navigates you across burns and bogs, taking you to Viking longhouses, island hideaways and highland homesteads. With captivating histories, detailed route descriptions and practical hillcraft knowledge, this is your essential guide to wild adventure living.
|Degree||BA Sculpture; MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory; MPhil Visual and Cultural Studies|
This is a long overdue monograph dedicated to Scottish painter Marj Bond, an intuitive and passionate artist, best known for her striking paintings of deities and Inca warriors and her use of handmade paper. It offers a review of her 50-year career with over 100 superb colour illustrations, many from private and public collections, and works never seen before. It traces her artistic journey, from Glasgow School of Art to the present day, through the exotic destinations that have fired up her imagination, including India, Mexico, Morocco and Cuba.
The book was informed by many interviews over a period of two years when Bond gave the author, Martine F Pugh, unrestricted access to her archives and studio that revealed a striking body of abstract and figurative works and a series of insightful portraits of influential individuals, such as art extraordinary pioneer, Joyce Laing. It gives perceptive insights into Bond’s working processes and describes how she translates these sources into her bold imagery.
The Dales Vet: A Working Life in Pictures
The Dales Vet is a collection of literary sketches illustrated by beautiful pictures from the author’s own huge library. The book focuses on life as a rural vet, covering livestock, hill farmers, wildlife rehabilitation, Dales nature, Dales culture, and the Dales landscape in all its glory.
This book will be attractive to all country lovers, those with an interest in animals and birds, botanists, farmers, photographers, and people with an interest in our rural heritage.
Neville Turner worked for over 30 years as a veterinary surgeon. Now retired, he spends his time pursuing his passions of writing, photography, music making and the wonders of the natural world. He gives regular illustrated lectures on these subjects to cruise ship passengers across the world and has appeared on Tyne Tees TV’s Dales Diary and the BBC’s Countryfile and More Creatures Great and Small. His photographs of Red Grouse were used in the advertising campaigns for “The Famous Grouse” Scotch Whisky and his images and writing have been published in Field, the Shooting Times, the Times, the Daily Mail, Dalesman, Countryman, the Yorkshire Journal, and Country Letters. He is the author of Hill Farmer and Border Collie: A Celebration of Man’s Best Friend.
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