The Friday Project has acquired an “idiosyncratic” collection of interviews with people including Dame Judi Dench and Stewart Lee by author Dan Richards.
Publisher Scott Pack acquired World English rights in the book, titled The Beechwood Airship Interviews, from Carrie Plitt at Conville & Walsh.
The book is inspired by Richards’ attempt to build a large airship out of beechwood while at Norwich Arts School. Though it proved to be difficult, he was convinced that craftsmanship was still an essential skill, so he went in search of people who might know something about the creative process. On the way, he spoke to artist Bill Drummond, writer Robert Macfarlane and the Manic Street Preachers, among others. Their conversations became the basis for The Beechwood Airship Interviews, an insight into the methods and spaces of these artists and the importance of learning and honing a craft.
Pack said: “Dan has met with an incredibly eclectic range of people but from each of them he has discovered their views on art and creativity. It is a remarkable road trip and important artistic document.”
The fourteen interviews will be illustrated by artist and designer Stanley Donwood. The collection will be released as a standard edition as well as a box set with each of the book’s interviews individually bound.
Richards is the co-author of 2013’s Holloway (Faber & Faber) with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood and his book Climbing Days, an exploration of the writing and climbing lives of his great great aunt and uncle, is due to be published by Faber in 2015. He has also written for The Quietus and Caught By The River.
He said: “The Beechwood Airship Interviews is a book about art, creative space, and process... and airships. I'm ecstatic that The Friday Project is set to publish it. Scott and his team publish beautiful books and I'm thrilled and intrigued to see what they and Stanley Donwood make of mine.”
The Friday Project will publish The Beechwood Airship Interviews in August 2015.