Simant and Diz live on the beautiful but demanding Isle of Lewis amongst the Western Isles of Scotland. Simant's sculpture, photography and painting is inspired by Celtic mythology and Hebridean folklore, and we share a love of megalithic sites. One of his striking Shaman figures, which used to stand in the Calanais (Callanish) Standing Stones Visitor Centre, has recently been sold. The broch and causeway are real, we have visited and photographed them a couple of times, but there was no sign of Rosy.
Rosy's Broch © Simant Bostock
Writer of illustrated reference and topic books for 'children of all ages'. Themes include History - Ancient through to Modern; Junior Biography and Social Issues; Lands and People; The Natural World; Wales-Cymru and Narrative.
His work brings the past to life, and if you have children you will undoubtedly have seen at least one of Philip's many excellent books. He works for most of the major children's publishers including Kingfisher, and has contributed to the prestigious 'Eyewitness' and 'Step Into' series published by Dorling Kindersley and Lorenz Books. Most recently he has edited and contribted to Oriel Ynys Môn's "Llyn Cerrig Bach: Treasure from the Iron Age", produced by Robert Williams of Llyfrau Magma.
Mick and Bevil were apprentices at Rolls Royce Aero Engine Division, Derby, a long time ago. Bevil is now an Anglo-Australian artist whose social realist paintings focus on Australian portraits and history. His illustrated book, A Banknote Invasion, gives a brief, wry history of land ownership in Australia. The Invaded: an Australian history, is a series of 42 paintings inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, visual stories of 220+ years of interaction between 'the invaded' and 'the invaders'.
Bevil working on "You are there"
West Country Coppice
If you watched Kevin McCloud's 'Man Made Home' you might have spotted Jean's brother felling the very crooked oak, and all those roof shingles made by his apprentice Ruth Goodfellow. They featured on Radio 4's Woman's Hour (20 April 2011) talking about the role of women in coppicing and woodland work. Brian was also to be seen discussing woodland management with Rob Penn in episode 2 of the BBC's Tales from the Wild Woods, and helping Julia Bradbury wield an axe at Westonbirt Arboretum during an episode of 'Country File'.
Split Hazel Hurdle by Brian Williamson, photo © Jean Williamson
Situated near the north west end of Llyn Padarn, the Caban offers a renowned licensed Café, a venue for events such as the Occasional Cinema, Private Functions & Conferences, and affordable workshops & studios for the local business community. The Café is the heart of the building, a large curved room with windows looking through the trees to the mountains. Jean's photos were on display in the Café throughout January 2012, Mick's Earth Stone Sky exhibition was on show there 2 November - 13 December 2012. Thanks to Covid Jean's cards are not currently stocked at the Caban.
Kyffin Café Deli, Bangor
Jean had an exhibition of her Heartland photographs at Upstairs at Kyffin in February 2012. They serve the best coffee in town and excellent food, so call in and you will be surprised how spacious the Café really is. If it is a hot day you can sit out and catch the sun in the back garden.