Unfoxed

Looking at Slightly Foxed, No 53 for Spring 2017. It is always compulsive reading for anyone who likes books and reading. Scattered among the articles are occasional attractive illustrations tied to the essays, and occasional (often foxy) vignettes floating free. A pleasure to see this lino-cut from John Watson, a favourite illustrator for Incline Press.

 

John Watson's linocut fox in Slightly Foxed

We have just finished printing a broadsheet that features another of John’s images on our website. A lino-cut portrait of Anthony Burgess illustrates a previously unpublished poem on censorship by the author of A Clockwork Orange. Made into a frame-able broadsheet it celebrates the hundredth anniversary of his birth this February.

 Portrait of Anthony Burgess

Portrait of Anthony Burgess

Watson also made the illustrations for our latest book. Two Poems (Temerity and At Montmartre Cemetery) is written by Adam Thorpe, another British ex-pat and man of letters, who is not only acclaimed for his poetry but is also know as the author of novels such as Ulverton and non-fiction, perhaps most famously, On Silbury Hill. Two Poems includes eleven of Watson’s evocative lino-cuts.

 John Watson's illustrations for Adam Thorpe's Two Poems

John Watson's illustrations for Adam Thorpe's Two Poems