At the age of twenty-six, stonemason and artist Beatrice Searle embarked on an expedition like no other. Pulling along a 40-kilo stone from the West coast of Orkney, she crossed the North sea and walked 500-miles on a mediaeval pilgrim path to Nidaros Cathedral in Norway.
Fascinated with the mysterious footprint stones of the ancient world, Beatrice follows pathways forged by travellers, saints and kings in an astonishing feat of human endurance.
Join Beatrice on stage as she tells the story of her unique and one-of-a-kind adventure to ask what lessons might be learned from stone, what we choose to carry with us and what we return to put down or pick up again.
Beatrice's book Stone Will Answer will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.
There will be a book signing straight after the event.
Published by Harvill Secker.
"Searle is an excellent storyteller... [and Stone Will Answer] make[s] for gripping reading... Above all, this is the story [of] a young woman's astonishing feat of endurance." Herald
"A gifted writer, capable of luminous description." Spectator
“A magnificent book. Written with the eye of a poet and the heart of an artist, Stone Will Answer is both a moving account of an unconventional journey and a testament to the power of stone in finding anchorage in an uncertain world.” Alex Woodcock, author of King of Dust
About Beatrice Searle
Beatrice Searle is an artist and stone mason. Originally from Cardiff, she lives in Scotland. Stone Will Answer is her first book.