Tom Cox was officially the first author to ever appear at Storysmith, back in November 2018 when we’d just opened the shop to the public. It was an instant sell-out, and Tom wore a fabulous cape and hat combo while spooking the very heck out of us with tales from his first fiction collection Help The Witch. So almost exactly a year later we’re delighted to be welcoming Tom to Bristol at a bigger venue just down the road to celebrate his new book, Ring The Hill.
In Ring The Hill, Tom considers the landscape, the way it can change a person and his life as a serial house mover. For Tom, this means getting to know the places he lives deeply, by walking, with the help of OS maps, including three-and-a-bit crazy months snowed in in a haunted house in the Peak District, living in south Devon on the Dartington estate, and on a cabin on the edge of Dartmoor, and in Somerset earlier this year.
Anyone who’s read Tom’s hearty, humane, funny and beautiful prose will know that he’s one of the great chroniclers of the UK’s wilder regions.
About Tom Cox
Tom Cox is the author of ten books, including Help The Witch and 21st Century Yokel, which Robert MacFarlane described as ‘just a glorious book – funny and wry and wise, and utterly its own law maker’. It was longlisted for the Wainwright Nature Writing prize. Tom currently lives in Somerset and writes about – amongst many other subjects – nature, folklore, music and books on his voluntary subscription website, having quit writing for traditional media outlets entirely in 2015. His favourite band is Pentangle (on the days when his favourite band isn’t Traffic or the Stones).