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    Places of Pilgrimage

    Places of Pilgrimage records the travels of Ian Scott Massie as he visits Christian sites, areas associated with artists, poets and authors, and many locations with ancient roots and legendary connections Each of the seventy-five spreads in the book features an evocative screen print or watercolour, and an engaging account of the personality of place as perceived by the artist. Some spots, which have already been interpreted by people such as A.E. Housman, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Stanley Spencer, are presented afresh. Some are very personal choices: the landscapes painted by Paul Nash; the village where Laurie Lee wrote Cider with Rosie; the boathouse where Dylan Tomas composed Under Milkwood; and the industrial setting that inspired L.S. Lowry. Some are traditional pilgrimage sires, such as Lindisfarne, Durham and Canterbury; some are places that have other holds over the visitor – the stones of Avebury, the tree where Robin Hood assembled his merry men, the battlefield of Culloden. This exceptional volume offers food for thought, insight and delight; it may awaken in us the kind of passion Ian Scott Massie knows so well, for setting out on pilgrimages of our own.