The Leaf Man

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Interview -

The art­work for Kate’s book was in­spired by one of her in­ter­vie­wees, artist Paul West. In a project ti­tled

Silent Voices, Paul etched off­beat or in­spi­ra­tional phrases into the skin of fallen leaves, then hid them back in pub­lic wood­land. The phrases in­cluded:  It’s when you’re frail I love you most  You’re stronger than you think  Mem­o­ries are se­lec­tive  Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of your dis­sat­is­fac­tion

Paul doesn’t iden­tify him­self on the leaves, but one per­son who found the ‘frail’ mes­sage man­aged to track him down via Google and thank him, as she hap­pened upon it just af­ter the death of her mother. “I can’t tell you how pro­found it was to find it so serendip­i­tously,” she wrote to him. “It felt like a mes­sage from some­one keep­ing an eye on me.”

You can find Paul’s work at

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