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This autumn I’m completing a series of poems in response to the Arctic legend Quujaavaarssuk and the Queen of the Sea.

This legend describes a single man’s epic journey to beg forgiveness from the Queen of the Sea, who has destroyed the ice as an act of revenge on the people who pollute her waters. The tale explores environmental dangers, marine change, human greed and courage, and the interaction between hunters and spirits.

Thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, this winter I will be running an associated programme of free Arctic-themed activities around the UK.

Once a month I’ll be running the Arctic Book Club at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford. Dates and booking information here. A great way to pass the winter evenings reading some of the best contemporary writing on the Arctic.

On 30 October I will be reading my Greenland poems in an evening at the Albion Beatnik in Oxford. I’m delighted that writer and vocalist MacGillivray will also take the stage.

On 4 November you can join me at The Lit & Phil in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for an Arctic Writing Workshop. In Ice and the Imagination we will take classic works of polar exploration and natural history from The Lit & Phil’s collections as a starting point for new writing about ice, snow and the environment.

I return to The Lit & Phil on 17 November to read my work. In Seven Words for Winter I’ll evoke the atmosphere of the most northern museum in the world, and pay tribute to the vanishing landscapes and languages of the Arctic region.

On 22 April 2015 I’ll be guest reader at Ouse Muse in Bedford. Quujaavaarssuk and the Queen of the Sea will be complete by the spring, so this promises to be its first public outing.

Full details of these readings can be found on the Events page. Other readings in Brighton, Bristol and London will be confirmed shortly.

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