OLD TALES AND GILDED BUTTERFLIES
Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly’s wing; but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron.
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
The formalized early 20th-century depictions of the Battle of Lewes, glimpsed in the film, seem to rob the event of the brutality, the violence, the mess that must have been the experience of the actual participants. But the modern tapestry is rather special. Designed by a Lewes artist and lovingly stitched by an army of local embroiderers, it was unveiled at Lewes Castle on the battle’s 750th anniversary, 14th May 2014. Measuring three metres wide and eighty centimetres high, the tapestry is divided into five panels depicting different periods of time from the seven or eight hours the battle lasted. According to the Sussex Express, ‘These are distinguished from each other by their colour and detail. The earlier phases seem paler, or more distant, compared with the later, more dramatic and far bloodier stages of the fight.’
Edward was recently interviewed at home in Sussex for an Artsnight documentary exploring Shakespeare’s King Lear. The programme will be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday, 29th October at 9 p.m. (9.40 p.m. in Northern Ireland). It will also be available, to viewers within the UK, on BBC iPlayer.
Edward has recorded a second Sherlock Holmes novel by Charles Veley, The Wilhelm Conspiracy, which is now available to download from Amazon (UK and US), Audible and iTunes.