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

P1150084My 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.


Manchester Artists Book Fair

October 9th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


I will be showing my work at Manchester Artists Book Fair later this month, and I’m delighted to announce that I’m sharing my stand with visiting New York artist Roni Gross, who has been invited to give two printing masterclasses at Hot Bed Press in Salford (details here). We’re looking forward to presenting some of our recent collaborative projects, including the first UK showing of Tikilluarit. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to talk to artists about their work, so do visit if you are in the area.

Oxford Poetry

September 9th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

You are warmly invited to come and celebrate the launch of my (small) UK tour at The Albion Beatnik in Oxford on 30 October. I will be joined on stage by the magnificent MacGillivray, of whom more below. (Other readings will happen in Newcastle, Brighton, Bristol, Bedford and London this winter.)

The Albion Beatnik
30 October 2014
Free entry
Wine bar available

Kirsten-Norrie-4-Bobby 2MACGILLIVRAY has walked in a straight line with a dead wolf on her shoulders through the back streets of Vegas into the Nevada desert, eaten broken chandelier glass in a derelict East Berlin shopping mall, headbanged in gold medieval stocks in Birmingham allotments, burnt on a sun bed wearing conquistador armour in Edinburgh’s underground city, breast-fed a Highland swan in Oxford and regurgitated red roses in Greenland.
She remains the clan chief.


Arctic events in Newcastle

August 18th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

025In November the Lit & Phil in Newcastle-upon-Tyne will host two events as part of the series Quujaavaarssuk and the Queen of the Sea.

Ice and the Imagination
Tuesday 4 November 6pm
This wintery workshop will take classic works of polar exploration and natural history from the Lit & Phil collection as a starting point for new writing about ice, snow and the environment. Poet Nancy Campbell will introduce work by contemporary writers on the subject and guide you through prompts to create your own poems and stories.

Seven Words for Winter: Arctic Poems
Monday 17 November 7pm
In this reading Nancy Campbell will evoke the atmosphere of ‘the most northern museum in the world’ on the remote island of Upernavik in Greenland. These poems describe the disappearing arctic language and environment and retell the colourful myths of the Inuit coastal community. The evening will open with readings of new work from writers who participated in the Ice and the Imagination workshop.

Numbers are limited so booking is advised for both these events.
Please contact The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
Tel: 0191 232 0192 Email: library@litandphil.org.uk

Thanks to the Arts Council for supporting these activitiesPrint

The Arctic Book Club

August 13th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


‘Our words are a kind of rescue team on a relentless mission to save past events and extinguished lives from the black hole of oblivion, and that is no easy task; along the way they are welcome to find some answers, then get us out of here before it is too late. Let this suffice for now, we’ll send the words on to you, those bewildered scattered rescue teams unsure of their task, all compasses broken, maps torn or out of date, yet you should welcome them. Then we shall see what happens.’ From Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

This winter you are invited to explore the Arctic … in five books.

Starting in October, the Arctic Book Club will meet in Oxford. Over a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik (coffee and chat) each month we’ll read and discuss a recent piece of writing about the Arctic, from fiction and travel writing to poetry and essays, including Barry Lopez’s classic Arctic Dreams and Hannah Kent’s highly acclaimed recent novel Burial Rites.

No specialist knowledge required – this will be a fun and friendly way to learn more about the growing genre of writing on the polar regions.

These meetings are free. (There’ll be a small charge if you want to enjoy the bookshop’s fine coffees or teas, but that’s not compulsory.)

Places are limited so booking is essential. Email me (nancy@nancycampbell.co.uk) for more information or to secure your place. You can follow @ArcticBookClub on Twitter or Facebook too!


Monday 6th October
 – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (novel)
Monday 10th November – Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez (natural history)
Monday 8th December – A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu (novel)
Monday 12th January
 – True North by Gavin Francis (travel)
Monday 9th February – Open forum. Bring your own favourite Arctic reads to discuss and recommend. (I’ll bring a selection of recent poetry collections on Arctic themes by British poets, and read some traditional Inuit poems – in Tom Lowenstein‘s excellent translation.)

Meetings start at 6pm.

Thank you Arts Council England for supporting this activity.