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Article: North Sea to the East

Sandpiper Murmuration drypoint and watercolour print by Richard Spare 2020

North Sea to the East

We are delighted to announce Richard's latest collaboration.

The front cover of new publication 'North Sea to the East: A Personal Landscape of Teesside and North Yorkshire' by John Powls 2020

North Sea to the East: A Personal Landscape of Teesside and North Yorkshire, a hardback book published by HALSTAR (the arts imprint of the Halsgrove Group) in December 2020. This is a new collection of poetry by John Powls and is extensively illustrated by artists inspired by North East England, including Richard Spare, Kay Spare, William Tillyer, Andrew Gifford, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, L.S. Lowry RA and J.M.W. Turner RA.

Richard created five new softground etchings with drypoint and watercolour in response to selected poems.

'Nod Heads and Sway', a response to John's poem 'Harvest Perspectives' which was dedicated to the artist's wife Kay Spare and her childhood memories of holidaying in Kettleness.

To see clearly is poetry
— J.M.W. Turner RA

'Sandpiper Murmuration', a beautiful response to 'Triptych Counterpoint - The Birds Return'.

John Powls’ poems are beautiful
— Dr. Janina Ramirez – Cultural Historian, Broadcaster, Author

Finally, a set of three seasonal softground etchings were made by Richard in response to John's evocative 'Teenage Heartbreak' poems. A set of three poems and three artworks inspired by a lone tree close to Roseberry Topping, a distinctive landmark of North Yorkshire.

Other works selected by the poet for inclusion in his latest publication include:

Richard is proud to be represented in this poignant collection that explores a deeply personal and emotive landscape of North Yorkshire.

The real journey of discovery consists not only in seeking new landscapes but in seeing our landscape anew
— Marcel Proust

Look out for a future launch of 'North Sea to the East', along with a special limited edition of Richard's new prints! Subscribe to our newsletter below for exclusive offers.


Front cover image courtesy of John Powls.

20th February 2021




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