Existence Doubtful

March 7th, 2015 § Comments Off § permalink

07_-ginsberg-e1425572916608(Tatiana Ginsberg, Existence Doubtful, 2007)

Last month I interviewed American artist Tatiana Ginsberg, whose work explores insular, oceanic and polar themes. You can read the interview over at The Island Review.

Bristol Artists Book Event 2015

March 1st, 2015 § Comments Off § permalink

BABE posterI’m delighted to be showing my books at BABE on 11 and 12 April. Not so much a book fair as a big book party, previous events have seen a dress made of lettuce, a team of cake-laden ‘trolley dollies’ and even a rogue trader.

Check the Arnolfini website for a full listing of the many exciting things on show during the weekend, which includes the chance to see work by Mike Nicholson and Mette-Sophie D. AmbeckOld Bear Press and seekers of lice, together with many other artists and publishers, as well as the exhibition Book Acts by AM Bruno… and if you can’t decide where to start, you can join one of the free tours.

As in previous years, free surgeries will be held in the Reading Room. Bring your book arts conundrums – don’t be shy, nothing is too delicate – for a 20-minute discussion on Saturday (with me) and Sunday (with Simon Goode, founder of LCBA). Pre-booking essential.

And don’t miss the performances in the Reading Room! These will run all day on both days. If you come along on Sunday at 3.30pm, you’ll find me presenting a new work with the BSL poet Donna Williams. (With thanks to the Arts Council for funding this commission.)

Read an interview with Tom Sowden and Sarah Bodman about the book fair here.

On the road again…

February 1st, 2015 § Comments Off § permalink


Here’s some news of upcoming readings and exhibitions…

I’ll be giving a poetry reading as part of Trapped in the Ice, Frozen in Time at the British Library on Thursday 5 February. The evening is programmed as part of the library’s acclaimed exhibition Lines in the Ice, which examines the role of the Arctic in the making of the modern world (runs until 19 April). It will be hosted by the Library’s redoubtable Interactive Fiction Writer in Residence Rob Sherman, and also features readings by the wonderful JR Carpenter and Kate Pullinger.

It’s the final meeting of Arctic Book Club in Oxford on Monday 9 February. It’s been a wild whistlestop midwinter tour of Arctic literature, and my deep thanks go to Dennis Harrson of the Albion Beatnik bookshop for providing such a cool venue, and to the Arts Council for generously supporting the programme. Thanks also, of course, to all our readers, including those who read the books long-distance from as far away as New York and Norway. Follow @ArcticBookClub on Twitter to keep up with plans for next winter’s programme.

In March I travel to Iceland where I’ll be reading at Dynamics of Darkness in the North, a conference at the Nordic House, Reykjavik, which runs from 26 to 28 February. This promises to be a fascinating event, perversely celebrating the United Nations designation of 2015 as ‘International Year of Light’.

Also in Iceland, my recent work Vantar | Missing is exhibited at Herhusið in Siglufjörður, open on Saturdays in March. This will be accompanied by Síður í Siglufjörður | Pages in Siglufjörður, a rich selection of artists’ books on the theme of coastlines chosen by Sarah Bodman.

Back in the UK I’ll be exhibiting my books at Bristol Artists Book Event on 11 and 12 April (look out for the premiere of my new Arts Council-funded collaboration with BSL poet Donna Williams on 12 April in the Reading Room). Later in the month I’m looking forward to being guest reader at Ouse Muse in Bedford (22 April).

Return to Siglufjörður

January 4th, 2015 § Comments Off § permalink

Iceland 142

I am grateful to the Oppenheim John Downes Trust for a generous grant that enables me to return to Iceland this spring to complete work on a series of poems about Icelandic fishing culture. These poems will be published together with a suite of photographs by Mark Walton.

I have been invited to read my work at The Nordic House, Reykjavik in February, before spending the month of March as Writer in Residence at Herhus in Siglufjörður, a small town at the northernmost point of Iceland.

Iceland 111Photographs by Mark Walton

Terrain Nonfiction Prize

November 22nd, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


Sketch of snow crystals by René Descartes

The Library of Ice, my essay on ice cores and human readings of frozen water, has been awarded the Terrain Nonfiction Prize for 2014. The Library of Ice can be read online at Terrain.org.



Oxford and Greenland are Closer than they Appear

November 19th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

IMG_6196The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne is always full of good things. On a recent visit I was glad to discover the World Prefix Map (hanging on the wall behind the scenes in the Bindery, where I was being supplied with tea and biscuits). The map – which at a guess comes from the 1970s – shows that Greenland, in ‘the new Worldwide Amateur Location System’, has the Prefix OX, my current UK postcode. And Oxford, confusingly, is given the prefix G.

Proverbs of Water

November 7th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


My sequence Proverbs of Water is featured in The Rising of the Waters, the latest journal from Dark Mountain. I’ll be reading at the launch on 3 December at Free Word Centre, London. Meanwhile, you can get a taste of the editorial here.

Hallowe’en Editions

October 29th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.04.41Alchemy (2006) Letterpress by Roni Gross

As Hallowe’en approaches a reminder that these are the last days to catch They Cast No Shadows: Hallowe’en Works from Zitouna Press over 25 years at The Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol. The exhibition – which showcases printed multiples made annually for Hallowe’en by New York artist Roni Gross – runs until 31 October.

Further details about the exhibition including my catalogue essay are available online here.

Material Word at the Poetry Library

October 16th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre has acquired a copy of How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic for their collection. Both the original fine press edition of How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic and the miniature MIEL edition will be on display at a one-day celebration of the material word, held at the library on Sunday 16 November. Free and all welcome, details here.


Lines in the Ice

October 13th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

Itoqqippoq Photo © Manuel Mazzotti

My latest book ITOQQIPPOQ – which was acquired by the British Library in the summer - will be shown as part of the British Library’s exhibition Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage which runs from 14 November 2014 to 29 March 2015. Lines in the Ice examines the role of the Arctic regions in the making of the modern world. ITOQQIPPOQ will be in the company of early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of explorers and writings from the long search for the explorer Franklin. The curator has contributed a post to the BL’s American Studies blog which gives an exciting glimpse of some of the other works that will be on show.