Escafeld Hangings

Geraldine Monk  

Publisher West House Books
Year 2005  

ISBN 1-904052-17-7

128pp   Price £12.00   Order

‘Escafeld’ is the Anglo-Saxon name for Sheffield. In ‘Escafeld Hangings’ Geraldine Monk trawls through this ‘City of Eternal Construction’ concentrating mainly on the enigmatic figure of Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned there from 1570 until 1584. Without assuming personae ‘Escafeld Hangings’ offers a psychological mapping of political imprisonment with its implications for our own time. It also presents a Queen of Scots who escapes into the future and talks as freely of Ikea and the Robin Hood Airport as of stomachers and jesters. In the final sequence Monk views our contemporary political landscape from the seclusion of her garden shed. ’Escafeld Hangings’ includes an audio CD of a performance of ‘Mary Through the Looking Glass’ by Geraldine Monk and Ligia Roque.

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