I have had to place my construction business on hold for the moment as I work on a project for the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Please feel free to contact me for future work, but be prepared to wait a bit.
I took some time away from building in the summer and autumn of 2017 to write a book about my journey into dry-stone walling and all the places that has taken me since I began learning the craft in 2009. The result is Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller, published in hardback on May 17, 2018 by Constable, UK. The UK paperback is due out in the summer of 2019, with a specific date to be announced soon. US publication information to follow as it becomes available.
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Includes a glass of wine (or alternative) on arrival and a chance to purchase the book at a discounted price.
Waterloo Tea Room
1-3 Washington Buildings
The Parish Hall
Crickhowell, POWYS NP8 1BB
Saturday, October 6, 2018, An evening with Sam Read Books, Grasmere
Emma’s Dell. Doors 7pm.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - official London launch, The Approach Tavern, Bethnal Green, 6:30-9:00pm. Free!
47 Approach Rd
London E2 9LY
I'll be in conversation with my friend, the writer, teacher, and sailor Emma Beynon. Free! But please RSVP so we can plan for seating and drinks: email@example.com or +44 (0)1982 552467
Builth Wells, Powys
Wales LD2 3HU
Tickets £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Between Stone and Sky). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
26-28 Church Street
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Hay Festival, in conversation with Francine Stock, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, 1pm.
You can listen to this event on Hay Player, which, with a £10 annual subscription, gives you access to Hay Festival's entire online archive! (That's a steal, y'all--seriously.)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC
In June I will be building a small dry-stone wall as part of the fence line for the Basque: Innovation by Culture program as part of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It will be on display from approximately June 25-July 15. Look for the wall on the north side of the mall, not far from the main entrance to the National Gallery of Art. I'm excited about this project since this brings me full-circle, right back to the place where I first learned what dry-stone walling is.
Spring Retaining Wall Workshops @ SEEDS, Durham, NC
March 14 & 15, and March 21 & 22 from 10 am – 3pm each day I'll be teaching dry-stone retaining wall workshops at SEEDS in Durham, NC. I'd love to see you there. Please click here for more information.