Beyond the Fell Wall Paperback by Richard Skelton

The paperback edition of the 2015 hardback – Richard Skelton’s meditation on the landscape of one Cumbrian Valley, where he lived for many years. Part prose-poem, part word-hoard, it’s a poetic enquiry into the seemingly inanimate life of a landscape.

Beyond the Fell Wall is a graceful meditation upon the relationship between landscape, language and sound, written by the most strikingly original composer of electronic music currently working in the UK .” Philip Clark, The Spectator

Author: Richard Skelton

£8, paperback. 96 pages.


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Richard Skelton has spent nearly half a decade living in a small valley, high in the Furness hills of Cumbria, in northern England. When not writing, or composing music, most of his days are spent beating the valley’s bounds, exploring its network of paths, streams and walls. Beyond the Fell Wall is a distillation of his thoughts and observations on this particular patch of land. It is a poetic enquiry into the inanimate life of a landscape – its unheard melodies and unseen movements. It considers both vast geological epochs and brief moments of intimacy, and in turn it asks us to consider sentience in all things – animal, vegetable and mineral. At its heart is the fell wall itself – a vast, serpentine entity. A vessel for the lives, voices and myths of the landscape. The dark heart about which all of life and death revolves. This is the paperback edition.

“A graceful meditation upon the relationship between landscape, language and sound.” The Spectator

“I know of no other author, musician, composer, film-maker whose work touches on alchemy.” Caught by the River

Richard Skelton is a musician and poet who has produced a diverse and acclaimed body of work, from exhibitions to films, pamphets, books, and albums of music that have seen him compared to Brian Eno and Arvo Part. All his work is informed by landscape and wide ranging research incorporating toponymy, ecology and geology, folklore and myth.