On Wednesday evening I went to a party at The Fine Art Society here in Edinburgh to celebrate the publication of the artist’s book Holy Rood by Norman McBeath and Robert Crawford.

Holy Rood is an Old English poem of the words spoken by the tree from which Christ’s cross was hewn. Robert Crawford has translated it, and the text is illuminated by Norman McBeath’s exquisite photographs.

The book is loose leaved and presented in an elegant drop back box. I can’t resist the allure of a beautifully produced book. It is a delight and I wish it were mine….