Winner of the Michael Marks illustrated poetry award 2016, the clearing, published by Atlantic Press, is a minimalist poetic sequence written by Luke Thompson. The images are a contemplative series in photography, using experimental lenses and interventionist drawing. Mairead’s work reflects and reveals the narrative, highlighting the sense of reader as voyeur, as well as developing the symbolism and ambience of the poetry.


Every copy of the clearing is unique, the cover birds having been individually hand-stamped by Mairead. The paper has been sourced from G.F. Smith and the book was litho printed at Booth’s of Penryn.