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Yew Grotesque by Patrick Farmer

Yew Grostesque by Patrick Farmer

Published by Compost and Height, 2014 (50 pages; paperback)

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Patrick Farmer has been working on this book for the last year as part of a joint commission from Sound and Music and Forestry Commission England. It was developed during a series of week-long residential trips to Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, where Farmer resided in a log cabin and spent time walking the forested area between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. This direct relationship between the forest and the book is veiled, though the underlying presence is integral to its makeup.

Following on from Try I Bark and Wild Horses Think Of Nothing Else The Sea, Yew Grotesque is the third and final book in a series of works offering both direct and indirect textual engagments with listening.

Farmer is featured in an article by Daniela Cascella in The Wire 348.