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Publication Date: 10 Dec 2015
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Words: 30000
Page Count: 192
Author: Ian Scott Massie
ISBN-13: 9780281075188, 9780281075195

Places of Pilgrimage

By Ian Scott Massie
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Places of Pilgrimage is a record of the travels of artist Ian Scott Massie, as he seeks out the spirit of place of over 75 locations around Britain. In words and paintings, he explores the personality of these sites explaining, for example, what he feels on the spot where Saint Cuthbert’s coffin rooted itself to the earth, or the visions conjured up on crossing the sands to Holy Island.

Some places, which have already been interpreted by people such as A. E. Houseman, Vaughn Williams and Stanley Spencer, are presented afresh. Some are very personal choices: the landscapes painted by Paul Nash (who grew up in the same area as the artist); the village where Laurie Lee wrote Cider with Rosie; the boathouse where Dylan Thomas composed Under Milk Wood, and the industrial landscape which inspired L. S. Lowry. Some are traditional pilgrimage sites, like Lindisfarne, Durham and Canterbury; some are places which have other holds over the visitor – the stones of Avebury, the battlefield of Culloden, the tree where Robin Hood assembled his merry men.
About the Author
Ian Scott Massie exhibits regularly at galleries throughout Britain and has work in print with major art publishers, though the Masham Gallery remains his principal outlet. He is a founder and events coordinator of the Masham Arts Festival and a founder of Artison arts and crafts teaching studios near Masham, where he lives. He was a semi-finalist in BBC’s Mastermind 2010, answering questions on Paul Nash and in 2012, a finalist for the Neo Print Prize and the Flourish Print Award.
Press Reviews

Places of Pilgrimage is a captivating read and offers a fascinating and fresh way of seeing the country.

- The Oxford Times

This lovely coffee-table style gift book provides a memoir of places of pilgrimage visited by the author together with short highlights about these places. The illustrations are beautiful watercolours that are highlighted by their simplicity of details and information encourages you to visit these places of pilgrimage. What is also quite nice is that these are not just the obvious Christian places of pilgrimage, but just places that may spark the heart.

- Melanie Carroll

... a beautiful record of the author's tour of well-known and less familiar places of pilgrimage throughout the British Isles.

- Paul Beasley-Murray

If ever there were an exhibition to inspire a road trip around Britain, this may well be it.

- The Northern Echo

This attractive coffee table book should have a wide appeal, not only to Christians, but to others interested in the history, landscape and architecture of mainland Britain.

- Graham Hedges

A lovely coffe table style gift book... The illustrations are beautiful watercolours that are highlighted by their simplicity of details, being largely colour wash and block work and yet so deeply evocative for that. Here is a book that with its simplicity of detail and information encourages you to visit these places of pilgrimage.

- Melanie Carroll

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