Short story, 'Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming'

MacLeod, Alison J. (2018) Short story, 'Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming'. [Audio]

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Abstract

Commissioned for BBC Radio 4 broadcast 19/01/18 and repeated 21/01/18. It is published in full after broadcast on the online site of The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft (UK). It is also available for 'Listen Again' on BBC IPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.

The story is the outcome of a Writer-in-Residence commission at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, in association with the Museum's major 'Eric Gill: the Body Exhibition' (2017)

Programme Description from BBC Programmes website:

Title: Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming

The artist, or the man?

For most of the twentieth century, Eric Gill was known for his sculptures and drawings, printmaking and the iconic typeface that bears his name. But in 1989, Fiona MacCarthy's acclaimed biography of the artist - which included extensive research into Gill's private journals - revealed another side, including an incestuous relationship with his sister and the sexual abuse of two of his three daughters.

Since then, it has been difficult for many to approach his art in its previous light.

The Ditchling Museum Of Art And Craft mounted a major retrospective, Eric Gill: The Body, which ran from April to September 2017. This short story by Alison MacLeod, emerged from her time as one of the writers-in-residence for the exhibition. The voices sequence in the story is inspired by visitors' responses to the exhibition.

A work of creative non-fiction, Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming imagines Gill in his house in Ditchling, asleep and dreaming about his work and life, and wondering whether or not they go together.

Which brings us back to the original question - the artist, or the man?

Alison MacLeod lives in Brighton. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011 and her stories, including the series Imagining Chekhov, have featured previously on Radio 4. Her novel Unexploded was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and was broadcast as a Book At Bedtime. Her latest collection of stories, All The Beloved Ghosts, was published in 2017. Alison is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Writer: Alison MacLeod
Reader: Indira Varma
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Item Type: Audio
Additional Information: BBC Radio 4 'Short Works' series
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Media of Output: Radio
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Depositing User: Alison MacLeod
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 14:08
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3253

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