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The dying fall of the Fells

In poetry and memoir, the composer Richard Skelton celebrates his rugged native Cumbria — the chief inspiration for his visionary electronic soundscapes

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

Beyond the Fell Wall Richard Skelton, illustrated by Michael Kirkman

Little Toller Books, pp.79, £12, ISBN: 9781908213297

At some point during your reading of this book the realisation might dawn, if you didn’t already know about his creative double life, that Richard Skelton demonstrates an unusual sensitivity to sound. Barbed wire unfolds over a dry-stone wall, an image which he reimagines as a mutant stringed instrument. ‘What harmonies would result if all were sounded in unison?’, Skelton asks — a question which he is uniquely placed to answer.

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