About the book
Carry Akroyd’s characteristically colourful and organised landscape images examine the relationship between humans and wildlife. This book samples work from twenty years; Carry’s printmaking and painting over that time reflect various influences, not least a sense of history in the landscape. Her observations make connection with the nineteenth century poet John Clare, and illustrate how they both reacted to the sudden agricultural modernisations that transformed their local countryside.
‘a marvellous collection of prints and paintings from one of our most extraordinary nature artists…Every page holds new delights, from the minature…to the grand…Langford Press has done another fine job with the book’s production, making me wonder why some other publishers seem unable to match their high standards. This is above all, a beautiful object and a fine showcase for such an original talent.’
Stephen Moss BBC Wildlife January 2010
‘I know of no other natural history record quite like this one in which a poet and an artist, sharing the same landscape, have so fully revealed both its fate and its glory. John Clare’s Northamptonshire has become everyone’s inherited England. Carry Akroyd’s pictures illustrate it to perfection, the past and the now. In it we are faced with our own losses and gains as modern farming and wildlife come to terms. It is a remarkable partnership and a wonderful book.’
‘This is a splendid volume. Without the text we have a collection of pictures that will given unlimited delight, whatever the season or mood. With the text it becomes a fascinating account of how a printmaker works, an enlightening record of one artist’s inspiration by another one, and provides insight into the tripartite relationship between art, poetry and landscape.’
Valerie Pedlar John Clare Society Journal 29 July 2010