In Chanteys for the Fisherangels four poets give voice to the inspiration found in Lal Waterson’s song “Midnight Feast” and in turn, inspire me. J.C. Runolfson gives us “The sky is the floor of an ocean”, followed by Sonya Taaffe’s “The Coast Guard”. Then comes in Francesca Forrest with “Invitation Refused” and finally, “Feather, Halo, Hook and Line” by Erik Amundsen. Their words are introduced by Greer Gilman, who writes as eloquently as ever of Lal and the feast. The poems are interspersed with four full colour photographs spread across the pages, images captured by Sonya Taaffe at the edge of the sea.
Lal Waterson was a northern lass whose people hailed from Yorkshire, a harsh territory that is often windswept and cold. My challenge was to make a book that reflected the climate out of which Lal’s music grew, one of angels fallen into sand. The spine is battered and inside you can see the bones of its structure, as though like driftwood, it had been left on a beach for too long. Feathers and shells adorn a cover of handmade blue paper, which has been glazed to protect it from the storm. The books are perfect bound with a reinforced spine and have handmade endpapers laid over the linen paper which covers the interior board. Because of the nature of these books, no two are exactly alike. The book has 26 pages, of which 8 are in full colour.