The Scottish Gallery Book Club - June 2021: By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

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It's our pleasure to be working in collaboration with The Scottish Gallery to help run The Scottish Gallery Book Club, a new literary companion for their monthly event programming.

Each month, the accompanying book will be a complimentary selection for themes and ideas explored within the new exhibition. We invite you, as readers and appreciators of the arts, to read the book and feedback your thoughts to The Scottish Gallery in a direct message on Instagram. They will feature reader responses in their highlights or stories.

This month we have chosen titles to accompany Kate Downie's exhibition Between Seasons (running from 3rd to 26th June 2021). A series of ten tree paintings form the heart of this exhibition. Each painting can be viewed through 180 degrees, with bottom and top image transected by a central horizon line, forming a mirror-like reflection. The trees, which Downie has captured at six-month intervals, move forward and backwards in time, existing in a continual state of transition. Each work is a journey without a beginning or end, a cycle of life, death, and regeneration within which we all play a part.

Our selections for June 2021 are By Ash, Oak and Thorn, by Melissa Harrison, and The Overstory, by Richard Powers.

Celebrated novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison has drawn upon her childhood experience of connecting with nature through stories in the creation of this magical work, inspired by the 1942 classic The Little Grey Men by BB. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the  adventures of the Hidden Folk, as they travel from their woodland home, through the depths of the countryside, and eventually to the heart of the city, searching for a way to help their kind survive in a changing world.