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Etched in Wales–Lecture and Exhibit


Etched in Wales: Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press

Friday, Sept 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont

Welsh printer Shirley Jones returns to UVM to celebrate thirty years of printing under the imprint of the Red Hen Press. On September 20 at 5:30pm, Jones will talk about her books, which are characterized by the artful marriage of text and images.  During the month of September, a selection of Jones’s books will be displayed in the Bailey/Howe Library Lobby.  In addition, one work, Etched Out (2002), will be shown in its entirety in Special Collections, on the ground floor.

A poet and storyteller as well as a printer, Shirley has produced more than two dozen major works.   The images that accompany her poetry and reflections in her early works convey mood, drama, and wistfulness through the magic of the etched and engraved plate and the careful selection of color.  With the 1983 publication of Scop Hwīlum Sang—the first under the Red Hen Press imprint—Jones began a series of interpretations of Welsh and Old English folktales and poems.  Selections from Beowulf, the tales of King Arthur and Merlin, and other folk legends deeply rooted in Welsh tradition, reflect her abiding interest in her Welsh heritage.  The theme of place, particularly the landscape of Wales, appears throughout her work and is often the dominant visual motif. UVM Special Collections has one of the major American collections of Jones’s work.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

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