Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes by Simon Armitage & Clive Hicks-Jenkins (signed, numbered limited edition of 100 copies with 2 signed screen prints by Hicks-Jenkins.)
Hansel and Gretel - a Nightmare in Eight Scenes is a beautiful hardback book by poet laureate Simon Armitage in collaboration with artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. This copy is one of only 100 very special editions. Each is numbered, signed by both authors and accompanied by two signed screen prints by Hicks-Jenkins, printed by Dan Bugg of The Penfold Press in York.
Armitage’s extended (and not child-friendly) narrative poem uses the well-known framework of the Brothers Grimm tale but gives us a new contemporary interpretation and focus. This is a darker, glittering Hansel & Gretel fairy story for the 21st century, of refugees, bombed villages, homelessness, a landscape where nothing is quite as it seems, but of humanity, humour and hope too.
The powerful story is illustrated by the superb Hicks-Jenkins. His compelling Hansel & Gretel characters have appeared as prints and as a toy theatre for Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop. They are re-imagined here using the imagery of the toy box of mid-century wooden puppets, villages and building blocks in creating a unique, contemporary fairytale landscape.
This beautiful hardback edition was published in 2019 by Design for Today, If you'd like to examine the book and the screen prints in the real world, please visit the bookshop on the 2nd floor of Salts Mill.