I have been offered the Lady Margaret Hall Visual and Performing Arts Residency for the academic year 2013–2014. During this time I will be based at the Oxford college, and will contribute to its cultural life. Details of the residency programme will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, I have been appointed as a Words Across Northumberland Writer in Residence for June 2013. Stories from the Flood places a creative writer in two Northumbrian libraries, Morpeth and Rothbury. Both towns were affected by catastrophic flooding in 2008. Over the summer I will create a new work about flooding and climate change in response to a brief immersion in the Coquet community. Having written on water issues during recent residencies in Denmark and Greenland, I look forward to bringing a global perspective on climate change to the region of the UK where I grew up.
In November/December I undertake a Hawthornden Fellowship, which enables me to work on a series of poems based on the Greenlandic legend of Quujaavaarssuq’s epic journey to beg forgiveness from the Queen of the Sea.
I’m excited to announce a new book from Z’roah Press in New York. Tikilluarit sees me working once again with Roni Gross and Peter Schell, the team that created The Night Hunter.
A sonnet from my Greenlandic series, originally published in Modern Poetry in Translation as ‘The Hunter Teaches Me To Speak’, has been recast by Gross and Schell in a new, experimental setting.
Tikilluarit was created for An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street. This project, ‘both a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words’, is an international response to the explosion of a car bomb in Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre of bookselling in Baghdad and the heart and soul of the literary and intellectual community, in March 2007.
Read more about Tikilluarit here.
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