Agbabi, Patience

I Have Found a Song clothbound

£75

Date: 2010

Burgundy cloth-covered solander box containing the de luxe book I Have Found a Song, specially hand-bound by The Fine Book Bindery. The book contains chapters reproducing the art and words of five artists: Sonia Boyce, Hew Locke, Shanti Panchal, Paula Rego and Chris Steele-Perkins and a sequence of poems by twelve specially commissioned poets including: Patience Agbabi, Polly Atkin, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Fred D’Aguiar, Helen Dunmore, Benjamin Zephaniah and the Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo.

I Have Found a Song is a fascinating collection of poems and images published to mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. It originated in a commission from Arts Council England for 12 poets to write on the theme of enslavement, which has resulted in a richly diverse selection of new poems. Interspersed with these are elaborate and exciting visual contributions by five artists invited by Enitharmon Editions to produce work on the same theme. The de luxe edition of the book is accompanied by a portfolio of signed original prints, and each artist has also contributed additional sequences of images reflecting on enslavement in its many forms.

 

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