No Unsacred Places

There Are No Unsacred Places (REFRAME, University of Sussex, 2015):  My response to an act of vandalism, which led to my becoming an accidental performance artist. A tale of stewardship and care-taking, it was reprinted and given out as a Christmas story to the 2000-strong membership of Baxter’s Field Company in Lewes.

Extract

“My reaction was slower taking shape and came from a primitive place not tapped before, cocooned in books as I am. Some act of equal and opposite force was needed, but what? An answer came immediately I asked, with strange and compelling logic. The railings that ran the length of the field and my road – intricate, gone brown and brittle – I would paint them. By myself, on my knees, for as long as it took. Rebuke, reparation. An act both silly and serious.”

Flayed Tree
No Unsacred Places