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SALLY EVANS: BEWICK WALKS TO SCOTLAND
Arrowhead Press
70 Clifton Road
Darlington
DL1 5DX
UK
ISBN 0 9540913 8 8
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SALLY EVANS: BEWICK WALKS TO SCOTLAND

This is a visually entrancing book based on the engravings of the engraver Thomas Bewick whose work illustrates the text. The eponymous first part of the book contains 20 poems, most of which are named after places visited by Bewick on a walking tour from near Newcastle to Scotland in 1776. Each poem is illustrated by one of Bewick's instantly recognisable brilliant wood engravings.

The second half of the book contains FURTHER POEMS, which, while not directly related to Bewick are clearly firmly based on a love for and knowledge of the countryside. Evans' work has a rolling richness to it that complements Bewick's detailed and precise illustrations. She manages to capture not only the pleasure but the bleakness of the northern landscape.

In STOW ROAD FROM GALASHIELS she brings these two aspects together

	These overgrown fat lambs carouse
	on tilthy pastures, unaware
	how blood and bones were wasted there
	in all this land,
The second section has a modern outlook but still records people's sensitivity to the environment. Even inside a car in MUSIC AND SNOWFLAKES while listening to the radio
	A wide symphony of snowflakes glide,
	dance in their darkness to this one piece.
This is a satisfying and intelligent collection.

reviewer: Polly Bird.