Thursday 4 July 2019 6 – 7:30pm

Alongside our exhibition Forest + Found: Walking the Line at Oriel Myrrdin Gallery, we’re delighted that the artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth (Forest + Found) have especially chosen our Book Club selection.

From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the prize-winning How to be both, comes the next installment in the remarkable Seasonal Quartet series.

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring. The great connective.

Hope springs eternal.


‘Autumn, Winter and Spring are state of the nation novels which understand that the nation is you, is me, is all of us’ New Statesman


‘Her best book yet, a dazzling hymn to hope, uniting the past and the present with a chorus of voices’ The Observer


Join us for a friendly and informal discussion led by Kirsten Hinks-Knight.

Free, tea and cake provided, everyone is welcome

Nan Shepherd: The Living Mountain

Thursday 2 May 2019 6 – 7:30pm

Alongside our exhibition Sometimes all you can do is walk at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, we’re delighted that the artist Angela Maddock has especially chosen our Book Club selection.

Written during the 1940’s but unpublished for more than thirty years Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain has been described as a ‘masterpiece of nature writing’.

Describing the author’s journeys into the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland the book details a world of beauty and harshness recording the physical landscape and creatures she encounters in her intense, poetic prose.

“The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain” The Guardian

“Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summit. Nan Shepherd’s aimless, sensual exploration of the Cairngorms is bracingly different” Robert Macfarlane


Free, tea and cake provided, everyone is welcome

Armitage, S (2013) Walking Home (London: Faber & Faber)

Gros, F (2014) A Philosophy of Walking (London: Verso)

Herzog, W (2014) Of Walking in Ice (London: Vintage)

Hunter, C (2019) Threads of Life (London: Sceptre)

Jamie, K (2012) Sightlines (London: Sort of Books)

Macfarlane, R (2013) The Old Ways (London: Penguin)

Morrison Bell, C et al (2013) Walk On: from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking (Sunderland: Art Editions North)

Shepherd, N (2011 [1977]) The Living Mountain (London: Canongate)

Solnit, R (2006) A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Edinburgh: Canongate)

Solnit, R (2002) Wanderlust: A History of Walking (London: Verso)

Solnit, R (2013) The Faraway Nearby (London: Granta)

Thoreau, H D (2017) Walking (Los Angeles, CA: Enhanced Media Publishing)

Iain Sinclair (2006) Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out of Essex (London: Penguin)


Sunday Special!

Following in her Footsteps

Sunday 31 March 2019 11am – 1pm

Join us on Mother’s Day for Sunday morning coffee and pastries with artist Angela Maddock and her daughter Ruby Maddock (Tate Learning Schools Assistant, writer and artist) for an unconventional ‘In Conversation’ event to open our new exhibition:

Angela Maddock: Sometimes all you can do is walk

31 March – 11 May 2019


On October 6th 2018 Angela set off from Carmarthen to walk to Middlesbrough. Ruby followed her progress from afar. In this ‘In Conversation’, they invite us to join them as they unpick the evidence of an epic journey – its tales, trials, evidence gathered, returned and transformed – and what it might mean to ‘follow in her footsteps’.

Free event, no need to book, everyone welcome (mothers and daughters optional!)

The Building Project: Six Responses

Six very different artists and creatives were selected to spend one day each at Oriel Myrddin Gallery considering and responding to the ideas and aesthetics of our exhibition The Building Project.

Amanda Blake – Saturday 2 February 2019
David Jones – Saturday 9 February 2019
Millie Marotta – Saturday 16 February 2019
Tim Stokes – Saturday 23 February 2019
Ivan Black – Wednesday 6 march 2019
Niall Maxwell (Rural Office for Architecture) – Monday 11 March 2019

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