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King of Dust

Adventures in Forgotten Sculpture

(Little Toller, 2019)

'Woodcock’s book follows a traditional path – the author embarking on a journey to cure their soul. What makes it so wonderful is the originality of the subject matter and the clarity and honesty with which he approaches it.'

Mathew Clayton (Caught by the River)

King of Dust is art history gone rogue: part exploration of the Romanesque sculpture of the southwest of England, part memoir about learning to become a cathedral stonemason. Along the way I consider the power of ineptness, sculpture as a calling and a curse, landscape and the presence of long gone voices in stone. I speak with the dead, some of them famous (such as the artist John Piper); some of them less known (such as the architect Edmund Sedding). There are bus journeys and crows and clifftops. I think about memory and art and rediscover my place in the world through the making and repairing of things.

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Of Sirens and Centaurs

Medieval Sculpture at Exeter Cathedral

(Impress, 2013)

'A lovely book ... full of provocative ideas'

Christopher Howse (The Telegraph)

Of Sirens and Centaurs reconsiders the wealth of architectural sculpture at Exeter Cathedral. Hundreds of roof bosses, corbels and other carvings remain from the Gothic programme of rebuilding in the 13th and 14th centuries. Many of these images are unknown, while some present perplexing scenes. Who carved them and why? I look closely at the mermaids, dragons, plants, legends and saints that feature among the architecture, relating them to the medieval love of playful and complex imagery.

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Gargoyles and Grotesques

(Bloomsbury, 2011)

Gargoyles and Grotesques introduces the imaginative world of medieval stone carving. From the captivating images themselves to the patrons and creators of these pieces, this book provides a glimpse into the world of the medieval stonemason and the architectural context within which they worked. Numerous illustrations make it a useful resource for contemporary carvers and designers too.

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