‘A Vision Quest of the Soul’

‘Stone’ is a mythopoetic, narrative poem, written by Em Strang and illustrated by Mat Osmond. The poem is set in an imaginary post-collapse world and explores the life of a man who has taken to the hills, not as a gung-ho survivalist, but as someone trying to understand what it means to be human in a world ‘where there are more animals than men’. If stories seed us, the poem asks, why is it we persist in sowing and tending toxic ones?

Making Stone is about creating something physically beautiful, thought-provoking and nourishing. The poem and its illustrations explore what it means to feel a way forwards in the dark, whilst continuing to hold out for the light – something that is becoming ever more necessary in these times of ecocide, terrorism and climate change. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Scottish charity, Trees For Life, working to restore the Caledonian forest.