Big Book Weekend
Alex Woodcock – King of Dust: Adventures in Forgotten Sculpture
After spending six years university, working on a PhD about medieval sculpture, Alex Woodcock was deeply in debt, unemployed and mentally exhausted. His personal life was in bits, too, and he didn’t know where to turn until he stumbled into a stone carving workshop in Somerset one summer. Carving stone for the first time, he realised just how little he knew about the sculpture he’d been studying and how much more there was to learn about himself. He decided there and then to retrain as a stonemason, and spent several years after that involved in the restoration of Exeter Cathedral.
King of Dust is an astonishing debut from an author with a distinct and original voice. It follows his life as a stonemason, his struggle with depression, and the many years of wanderings in the landscape looking for pieces of obscure and forgotten sculpture. An archaeology of place as well as a meditation on craft, it is a story about the transformative power of art and the importance of the handmade.
The Big Book Weekend is brought to the Goods Shed by the Yellow Lighted Book Shop and runs from Friday 3rd May through to Monday 6th May. The full programme is available here: https://www.yellow-lightedbookshop.co.uk/index.html