Alex Woodcock is a writer and stonemason from the south coast of England. Following degrees in archaeology at the universities of Leicester and York he wrote a PhD on medieval sculpture at Southampton, and then later learned to carve stone. Between 2008 and 2014 he worked as a stonemason at Exeter Cathedral, where he helped repair the internationally significant west front and the medieval buildings of the Cathedral Close. He has published work on Romanesque and Gothic stone sculpture, surrealist artists and the landscapes and geology of the south and southwest coasts of England. In 2015 he won the Cardew-Rendle Essay Prize and in 2018 the Hugh Miller Writing Competition for poetry. Alex is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and information about his latest book, King of Dust, is can be found here.