Illustrations by Bill Sanderson
148x210mm, paperback, 40 pages including 15 black and white illustrations
In Feast of Fools the world of medieval misericords is re-crafted as a sequence of irreverent poems exploring issues that have preoccupied men and women from the middle ages to the present day. Beauty, fortune, treachery, power, sex… Bill Sanderson’s scraperboard images provide an energetic visual complement to each of the word-carvings.
Stuart Henson has published four previous full length poetry collections, the most recent, The Odin Stone, also from Shoestring Press:
‘Henson’s work makes literary expectations of its readers, but is never simply showy; form echoes meaning and the contemporary world and its concerns are vividly present in this enjoyable collection.’ – Stephanie Norgate, Poetry Review
‘Do find out for yourself how good it is…’ – Malcolm Carson, Other Poetry
Bill Sanderson went to art school in Bristol and has been a freelance illustrator since the early 1970s. His work has appeared in magazines, books and advertisements, all employing the medium of scraperboard. His initial commissions were mainly for UK magazines and newspapers including The Times, New Scientist and The Radio Times. He also had many years of drawing for the American edition of Esquire. In 2005, together with designer Steve Snider, he won the V & A Book Cover and Jacket Illustration Award for The Preservationist, by David Maine.