The Almanack of Breath
with drawings by Collete Rayner
Single colour risograph throughout, hand bound and sewn into three signatures
‘The Almanack of Breath tells of two demons: one of whom exists in Medieval texts, and one who Kilmartin invented as a contemporary rebuttal to the first, nasty one. Against the punitive, eavesdropping Tutivillus, also known as the Recording Demon, the author writes the tale of a nameless creature, an invisible and inaudible allegorical gure of Listening. This creature promotes an ethics of listening by collecting and donating different forms of breath to those who need it. After introducing these characters, the text continues in the form of a month-by-month almanac, each of the twelve ‘Seasons of Breath’ holding advice on the type of breath - a gasp, or yawn or a sigh for example - that the reader should take care to listen for.
Drawings by Collette Rayner illustrate the introduction, and each of the Seasons. Many were drawn as the story was read aloud.
Published by Other Versions (Ash Kilmartin), printed at PrintRoom, Rotterdam.’