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King of Dust (Hardcover)

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It is an unusual path that led Alex Woodcock to Exeter Cathedral, where he worked as a stonemason for six years. The journey began in the edgelands and semi-ruinous buildings of suburban Sussex, where he skateboarded and discovered bands like Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus and Fields of Nephilim, and led him first to archaeology and then on to become a scholar of medieval sculpture. But it wasn't until his 30s, feeling mentally exhausted and wondering how much he really knew about his subject, when he carved stone for the first time. Working with his hands was a revelation. It shifted his perspective and changed his life. Visiting Romanesque buildings and sculpture throughout the south-west of England, King of Dust explores Alex's own learning process alongside the potency of the ancient stonecarvings themselves. As he does so, Alex discovers how stone connects us with others through time and realises that working with his hands helped him find a place in the world.

About the Author

Alex Woodcock is a writer and stonemason from the south coast of England. After completing a doctorate on medieval sculpture he worked for six years at Exeter Cathedral in Devon, where he helped repair the internationally significant west front. He has published work on Romanesque and Gothic stone sculpture, surrealist artists and the landscapes and geology of the south and southwest coasts of England. He is an award-winning poet and essayist, and in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908213693
ISBN-10: 1908213698
Publisher: Little Toller Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 192
Language: English