Whitney Brown – Between Stone and Sky
Thursday 8th August 2019 – Elementum Gallery, Sherborne
Join us as we welcome Elementum Journal contributor, author and dry-stone waller Whitney Brown for a summer's evening of readings and discussion.
Drinks served from 6.30pm, event begins at 7pm
At the age of twenty-six, Whitney Brown met a dry-stone waller. Within weeks she was out on the hill with him in Wales, learning this new skill. Far away from the pressures of her old life, she found deep satisfaction in working with her hands, in the age and heft of the stones, and the ring of the hammer. Out under the open sky, Whitney relished every sore muscle and smashed finger and the opportunity to stand atop a wall she'd just built and feel like the strongest woman alive.
Whitney's memoir, Between Stone and Sky, is a celebration of the raw and rugged splendour of the Welsh countryside and the enduring beauty and relevance of traditional craftsmanship. It is an unflinchingly honest account of the emotional struggle to become and belong. Most of all, it is an empowering story of female friendship, accepting uncertainty and risk, and crossing oceans in pursuit of dreams.
'This is a book about the stories we tell ourselves and one woman's determination to make hers true' Spectator
'A fresh . . . heartfelt book that . . . makes you want to throw away your mobile, run for the hills and learn a traditional craft' The Lady
Whitney has also written for Elementum Journal – in Edition Four, a feature entitled 'Cwm Elan – A valley sculpted by ice and dynamite.' In this she relates how the construction of dams in the nineteenth century transformed a Welsh valley, forging from its abundant stone and cold water a liquid and financial link between countryside and city. It is a beautiful piece that reflects on humankind's impact on a landscape and the unexpected treasure of wildlife that has since established there. Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist, Catherine Hyde, you can view and purchase originals from the feature in the gallery.
A folklorist based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and originally from upstate South Carolina, Whitney earned a Master’s in Folklore from the University of North Carolina. She first visited Wales in 2009, and after several years of bouncing between universities, museums, festivals, commercial kitchens, vegetable farms, and the wild hills of mid-Wales, began a stone masonry business of her own in America. She returns to Wales as often as she can.
Please note: your ticket is a voucher that includes admission to the event and either includes or is redeemable against a copy of Between Stone and Sky. Valid only on Thursday 8th August 2019. Also available to purchase at Elementum Gallery.
Event held at Elementum Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LU
Please note that the event space is up a flight of stairs. Please contact the gallery if you need assistance or for any further information – 01935 813775