by Ted Hughes images by R. J. Lloyd

For this exciting collaboration, R. J. Lloyd, painter and printmaker, made a personal selection of poems, on the subject of landscape, from various collections of poems by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. He also created a series of wonderfully decorative linocut images, some of which take full pages while others are interwoven with poems on the text pages.

Ted Hughes also wrote a new poem, Epigraph for his friend R. J. Lloyd and especially for inclusion in this book. It evokes the wild moorland country which has so often inspired both poet and painter in their work. The poems were hand-set by Nicolas McDowall and printed letterpress (together with some linocuts in a second colour) on mould-made text paper. The full-page blocks were also printed directly from the lino on four different makings of paper hand made by Frances McDowall at The Old Stile Press.

Editions & Inscriptions

Copies of the Main Edition are Signed by author and artist.

Handset Bembo and Bodoni type. Text printed on Rivoli paper on a FAG Control 900 press. 24 linocuts, of which 9 are full-page and 8 of these are printed on four different papers made by Frances McDowall which incorporate nettle, onion, Japanese knotweed, pampas grass and alkanet fibres. Quarter light brown cloth, spine titled in gilt, boards covered in onion fibre paper, handmade by Frances McDowall. Slipcase covered in deep orange cloth, blocked in black on both sides with brass made from linocut originals.

Earth Dances

Published in 1995

48 pp.

324 x 225mm (12.8 x 8.9in)

Editions & Availability

250 copies were printed of the Main Edition and copies are available to buy at £195 - Sold Out each.


Special Editions are not available.