Crossing the field by Caroline Gourlay

This is Caroline Gourlay’s second published collection of poems, and she has been well represented in the poetry magazines and anthologies. She won the international James Hackett prize for haiku in 1995.

To balance the simplicity and economy of these haiku and short poems in illustration is not easy. Anthony Manwaring’s drawings are the perfect expression of the spirit and place of these poems. He died tragically young in 1991 and Monica has been kind enough to allow us the use of his sketch books. It is hardly possible to believe that the poems and the drawings were not produced for each other, so happy is the combination of two considerable talents.

The love of the Welsh border country shared by the author and artist is unspoken, but adds to the feeling of fitness and harmony in this attractive book.

“Probably one of the most, if not the most, elegant haiku books yet to come out in Britain” David Cobb in Blithe Spirit.

  • 250 copies have been printed, each one numbered and signed by the author.
  • 32 pp. 25 x 19 cms.
  • The book is set by hand in 12 pt Bembo and the ten pen and ink drawings are reproduced by line blocks. It is printed on Zerkall mouldmade paper on an Arab treadle platen press. Sewn by hand and quarter bound in cloth and paper in cream and dark green.
  • ISBN 1 870019 13 X
  • Price £21.