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Music Hiding in the Air
Christian McEwen

2013 • 48 pp. 13 illus. (6 color) 6 3/4 x 7 3/4"

$16.00 Paperback, 978-0-87233-166-2

A portrait of the artist and musician Rory McEwen, by his niece, the writer Christian McEwen.

Rory was best known for his watercolours of leaves and flowers on vellum. He died (too young) in 1982. But his work remains: in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in museums and private collections all over the world.

His niece, Christian says of Rory: “It was from looking at Rory’s pictures that I first began to see. He was my mentor for a crucial nine years, from my late teens until well into my twenties. He was an artist, first and foremost, whereas I knew from early on that I wanted to write. But across all the differences of genre and gender, the endeavour was the same. Even now, he is someone from whom I’m still learning, someone whose work still startles and inspires me, whose interests (in nature, poetry, music, art and Buddhism) consistently reinvigorate my own.”

CHRISTIAN MCEWEN is the author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. She has taught poetry, creative writing, and environmental literature at a number of different venues, including Williams College, Lesley University, and the New School in New York City. She has been a fellow at the Yaddo and Macdowell Colonies, and received a grant in playwriting from the MA Cultural Council in 2011. She is currently working on a play about women and money, entitled Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money.

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