Skelton, R. (2009-12) Landings Corbel Stone Press ISBN: 978-0-9572121-1-4
“Richard Skelton is a keeper of lost words, […] He is- what else is he? A musician, a writer, a glossarian, an archivist. Landscape, language and loss are the three great subjects of his work, and they are at its heart because of a tragedy.
In 2004 Richard’s wife Louise died. I don’t know how she died; I have never asked and he has never told. She was in her late twenties; he also. Richard, born and brought up in Lancashire, retreated to the West Pennine Moors of that county, close to his birthplace. There, struggling with grief, he began to walk the moors of the nearby parish of Anglezarke. His walking soon took on the status of ritual: a pilgrimage-like beating of the moor’s bounds, a labyrinth-like exploration of its interior. In his own words, he ‘limned the edges of its streams and rivers, followed the contours of its hills, the eaves of its woods’. The purpose of the walking was unclear even to him, perhaps especially to him, some mixture of distraction, diversion, expiation and commemoration. He began also to note the moor’s phenomena, to record its languages (natural and human), and to explore its history in the relatively few archives that documented it.” p182 Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
I think perhaps I made a mistake when I bought this extraordinary book.
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