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On the Cuckoo's Call, 2019
After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
The words are another translation from the Manyoshu anthology, the earliest and greatest Japanese anthologies, originally compiled in the eighth century.
The poem from which they are taken is by the original anthologist Otomo Yakamochi (718-785 C.E), lamenting his enforced departure from his friend and kinsman Otomo Ikenushi. In Japanese myth and literature the cuckoo symbolises mourning, longing and melancholy, whereas in English folksong 'The cuckoo she's a pretty bird, she sings as she flies, she brings us good tidings...' The idea of using this quotation came from the line of seven nail-holes near the edge of the plywood, which suggested the beads, 'strung on the cockoo's call'.
A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
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