forthcoming events

The Witherslack Artists and Makers Group exhibition dates this year are Saturday 16th September till Sunday 15th October 2017.

March 2017

current projects

Jane Austen’s House Museum has awarded me a commission for carving lettering in stone seating in their garden to celebrate the life of Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death this year. The words are taken from one of Jane’s letters which can be seen in the Museum.

The extract was chosen from many suggestions sought from Jane Austen readers and societies, and from the local community, as well as visitors to the house. The seating will be unveiled in December 2017. For more information see

July 2017

I’m carving three poems in blocks of Orton Scar limestone. The poetry is specially written by Harriet Fraser for her Treefolds, a new Cumbrian landscape project being created in collaboration with partner Rob Fraser. ( The first poem, carved across 11 stones, is complete and has been built into a Treefold at Great Asby.

July 2017

Commissioned by Friends of Ullswater, I am carving verses into rocks in Hallin Wood, on the newly established Ullswater Way. The words were written by Kathleen Raine whose poetry was inspired by her many visits to Martindale.

Three extracts were selected from two of her poems: Night in Martindale and On Leaving Ullswater. The native rocks are situated a few meters apart along a contour above the footpath, where incidentally evidence of charcoal-burning has been found - look out for a low-level sign directing walkers up the hill.

March 2017

My collaboration with Simon Armitage and Tom Lonsdale on the Stanza Stones project continues with the publication of the book, Stanza Stones by Enitharmon (order from - in which we describe the making of the project. It is full of photos, with an introduction by Simon, descriptions by Tom and my journal notes.

October 2016

midlife creative diversion

Sketches underway for hoopoe cards - possibly wallpaper

July 2017