Launch of Stranger in the Mask of a Deer

Monday 21 June 2021, 8-9pm

Livestreamed via Zoom

In this free online book launch, Richard will be joined by special guests David Cooper and Becky Wragg Sykes. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.


Stranger in the Mask of a Deer conjures an elemental, dreamlike narrative ranging from the present to the Late-Upper Palaeolithic, when the British peninsula was gradually reoccupied by humans and animals returning from the greater continent after the Ice Age. Richard Skelton began this book-length poem many years ago with the intention of exploring the history of Britain’s landscape, only for the text to transform into a kind of literary seance, involving both human and other-than-human voices. Its transforming power lies in the accumulative magic of the word as ritual. Skelton’s is a mesmeric lyric, probing the edges of consciousness towards a place where ‘there are always presences / always inherences / things beyond sight.’


‘This is an incredibly moving, essential meditation on where we have come from, where we are, and where we are headed.’- Kerri Ní Dochartaigh


You will be sent joining instructions for this event hosted by Zoom.


Richard Skelton is a British artist. His work focuses on landscape and other-than-human studies. Between 2005 and 2011 he ran Sustain-Release, a private press music label dedicated to publishing his own landscape-oriented recordings. Since 2009 he has been co-director of the multi-media publishing house Corbel Stone Press, with the Canadian poet Autumn Richardson. Together they curate the biannual journal of eco-poetics and esoteric literature, Reliquiae.

Dr David Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and Co-Director of the Centre for Place Writing. His research concentrates on literary geographies: he is interested in how writers represent spaces, places and landscapes in their creative practices, as well as the relationship between literary criticism and geographical thinking.

Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes is an archaeologist, author and Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Her first book KINDRED: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art is a critically acclaimed and award-winning bestseller: a deep dive into the 21st century science and understanding of these ancient relatives.

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