October 15-16 Molly Peacock
Molly Peacock writes and edits poetry. But twenty-odd years ago, Molly stumbled upon a story that would not leave her - the story of Mary Granville Pendarves Delany, born in 1700, died in 1788. The part of the story that impressed Molly the most was that, at the age of seventy-two, Mary Delany began her life’s work when she invented the art of collage.
Molly Peacock now tells that story in the sumptuous volume The Paper Garden. The book contains not only the life of Mary Delany, but also over thirty full-colour illustrations of Mrs. D’s art - work you have to see to believe. Mrs. Delany created collages of common flowers, but they are no common creations. It boggles the mind to think that not only are these not real flowers, but that each flower is made up of little tiny pieces of paper meticulously cut and shaped by Mrs. D.