THE BUTTERFLY DREAM / Rachel Adeline Holmes

THE BUTTERFLY DREAM / Rachel Adeline Holmes

BOOK RELEASE: 20/08/2021


Rachel Holmes is happy to present an exhibition of artworks at Hundred Years Gallery from 18-20th August to coincide with the launch of The Butterfly Dream - an anthology of short stories and illustrations published by Death of Workers Whilst Building Skyscrapers Press. The book launch will take place on the evening of Friday 20th August.


You can book here for the online book launch that will be broadcast live from the gallery on the 20th August. You will be able to see the exhibition and also hear Rachel read from The Butterfly Dream during a 1 hour filming of the event. It is free but donations accepted here. Donations will go towards the exhibition space rental.


Event programme:

Wednesday 18th August, 1730: exhibition opening (online preview from 1600 BST)
Thursday 19th August, 1200-1800: exhibition
Friday 20th August, 1200-1900: exhibition
1700: book launch
1730: film screening "Son of the Root"
1800: reading and performance

Last week a shaman
Contacted me
Out of the blue.

He said my art
Is channeling spirits
and that I should ask my dreams


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    THE BUTTERFLY DREAM / Rachel Adeline Holmes

    In one of the fundamental texts of Taoism, the Zhuangzi (476–221 BCE), a story tells that the philosopher Zhuang Zhou dreamt he was a butterfly, flittering and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He awoke to wonder if he was not a butterfly dreaming he was a man. Inspired by this poem, and taking as its central motif an amnesiac dancer who discovers she is a doll, and her double, the toymaker who dies from laughter and ascends to heaven, this anthology of short stories by Rachel Adeline Holmes explores the metamorphic dreamspace of forgetting, remembering and becoming.

    137 pages printed on recycled paper

    21cm x 13cm x 4mm

    Front cover and book design by Lucy Wilkinson

    Edited by Nell Whittaker and Lucy Wilkinson

    Book production by Karolina Fedorowicz and Lucy Wilkinson / Embroidered cover handmade by Rachel Adeline Holmes

    ISBN: 978-1-7399499

    Printed and handsewn at the press. Print run of 5 Limited edition copies with Embroidered cover and run of 100 first edition copies. The first 50 will be hardback. Thereafter will be paperback.