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  • Hardcover: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907587306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907587306
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Armitage lives in Yorkshire, has taught at universities in this country and the United States, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published nine full-length collections of poetry, including Selected Poems and Seeing Stars, as well as notable translations of medieval verse including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He has published two novels and three works of non-fiction; Walking Home - the prose account of his walk along the Pennine Way as a latter-day troubadour - was a Sunday Times bestseller. Armitage also writes extensively for radio, television and film, is a regular broadcaster and presenter with the BBC, is the lyricist and singer with the band the Scaremongers, and has written several theatre pieces including dramatisations of both the Odyssey and the Iliad. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, most recently the Keats-Shelley Prize and the Cholmondeley Award, and in 2010 was honoured with the CBE for services to poetry.

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I am fortunate enough to have moved to the south Pennines area in the last 2 years, and I love getting out on long walks exploring this fascinating upland landscape. I have also enjoyed Simon's narrative books, and know his reputation as a renowned contemporary poet who is also into walking in a big way, as 2 of his recent books as a poet troubadour along the Pennine Way and the South West Coast Path National Trails attest. This is a beautifully produced coffee table book that gives the background story to the installation of 6 Stanza Stones along a 47 mile trail. Each stone has a poem relating to the prevailing weather or habitat context that you may typically encounter at the spot where they are located, with titles: Snow; Rain; Mist; Dew; Puddle; Beck . They can be experienced as part of a 3 day strenuous walk through the Pennines, but realistically most people will seek them out separately one by one. There is also an accompanying free guidebook available from Tourist Information Centres and Libraries in the area that has detailed directions and a map to each Stanza Stone, typically short walks of less than a mile from a convenient parking place to a remote evocative location. He worked in collaboration with local landscape expert Tom Lonsdale, and letter carver Pip Hall . It tells the story behind each stone, with accompanying photographs of their installation in the landscape. These stones will provide a long lasting mark within the landscape, intertwining art and poetry with the local landscape that inspired them. Overall an admirable project, and I for one will be encouraged to get out to these out of the way locations to see the Stanza Stones in situ . I guess that is the whole point of undertaking this unique project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bellamax2 on 2 Jun. 2014
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As I live close to these stones, I thought it would be good to read about their origin and creation. The story is fine, but the print quality of the photos lets the book down. Given that these sculptures are "visual" this shortcoming is a pity. Hence the 3 stars.
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I became aware of the Stanza Stones after watching an edition of BBC'S Countryfile and was intrigued to learn more. This book revealed the inspirational words of Simon Armitage along with the carving and planning by Pippa Hall,Tom Lonsdale and their team. The six stones are located in wonderful landscape in Yorkshire and this book as encouraged me to go and visit and maybe follow this interesting trail.
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If you live in the Pennines, or are planning a visit, this book provides the perfect way to spend a few hours walking to find the stones. Each stone has one Simon's poems on it, and they perfectly fit into their surroundings. Our kids enjoy the fun of finding the stones. The book doesn't have maps, but there is a website where they can be downloaded for free.
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