2020 – Chroma & Out…

As we hurtle towards the end of a tumultuous and complete bugger of a year for so many, we thought it would be fitting to show our gratitude to everyone who has supported us…It’s been an incredibly challenging and yet rewarding period at the same time. To have finished 2020 with our first publication, to put on an exhibition to accompany the book at Cross Lane Projects (providing such wonderful and inspiring feedback) topped off by an appearance at the online Kendal Mountain Literature Festival has definitely made all the struggles worthwhile! We are very grateful for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Talking of which, if you fancy giving someone a distinctly edgy Christmas present, you can order our very first title – Boundary Songs from a number of online retailers including: Sam Read Bookseller, Waterstones, or Bookshop.org.

David Banning in conversation with Will Smith for Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2020.

Don’t forget you can still watch David’s entertaining conversation (including films, photographs and a reading from Boundary Songs) with Cumbria Life’s Will Smith for the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival on catch-up until 31st December 2020 – click HERE to get access now.

And if you don’t own a copy yet – ‘Becoming the path itself…(The dreams of exiled souls…)‘ is a limited edition exchange between the artists/authors Julian Hyde and David Banning.

The 24 page full colour booklet includes a sleek, eloquent design and layout by Neil Jackson of Post-Nearly Press, alongside drawings by Iain Sharpe, interweaving text and photography throughout…Copies are £6.00 (including postage) – to place an order, please email: julian@voicesinalane.co.uk – only a few are left now, don’t miss out!

Finally, we have news of a NEW TITLE for 2021 – an assemblage produced by around 10 writers and artists responding to lockdown in their own territories – using fragmentary texts, short stories, photographs, drawings and collage… A document of traces from Newcastle, the Lake District, Lancashire and London…formed of spectral walks, psychogeographical encounters, eerie geometries, deserted towpaths, former railway lines, discarded masks, ghostly enclaves and sudden verdures… 

Jessica Warren Quotidian

Boundaries dissolving…Everything muffled and haunted, desperate for re-connection. Dust, rust and peeling paint triggering acknowledgement of hyperawareness.

The stunned side streets and somnolent houses evoked by Graham Greene as,”the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.”

Somehow the sense of wonder lingered within the dreamlike stillness, whilst the confusion and horror of reality grew deeper as dusk never came…

We are hoping to produce a limited-edition hardback in full colour – with all royalties going to a charity (to be designated). More details as soon as we have them in the new year…Well, that’s about it for now – what with all the uncertainty in the world, let’s hope for a much brighter and more hopeful 2021 – until then, keep yourselves and your families safe…

What manner of theatre is it, in which we are at once playwright, actor, stage manager, scene painter and audience?”― W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

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