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A Room to Live In is a celebration of a unique place in British art. Kettle’s Yard was the Cambridge home of Jim Ede, the visionary collector and curator, who opened his doors to generations of students and art lovers. To mark Kettle’s Yard’s first 50 years, and its lasting legacy, this anthology brings together an extraordinary group of writers, all of whom have been influenced by the house and its remarkable collection. This anthology is essential for anyone who has visited Kettle’s Yard or admires its artists, such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis.
Edited by Tamar Yoseloff, with a Foreword by Michael Harrison, Director of Kettle’s Yard, and an Introduction by Tamar Yoseloff.
Contributors include: Alan Bennett, Anne Berkeley, Meredith Bowles, Richard Burns, Michael Bywater, Claire Crossman, Tony Curtis, Fred D’Aguiar, Jane Duran, Elaine Feinstein, John Greening, David Hare, Jeremy Hooker, Sue Hubbard, Martha Kapos, John Kinsella, Rod Mengham, John Mole, Sharon Morris, Ruth Padel, Ian Patterson, Jacob Polley, Andrea Porter, Lawrence Sail, Fiona Sampson, Sarah Skinner, Ali Smith, Robert Vas Dias, Susan Watson, Neil Wenborn, Tamar Yoseloff.
‘You know those dreams where a door opens into further rooms in a familiar house, rooms you never knew were there? Kettle’s Yard opens up like that, and so does this anthology in its honour. Freedom, intimacy, space and the unexpected are all realised in the poems and reflections. The book is filled with pleasure.’ —Dame Gillian Beer