Sunday, 4 February 2018

Poetry Book Society Winter Bulletin

It's still winter - just! And before spring floods in I wanted to take this chance to thank the Poetry Book Society for using my work on the cover of their beautifully redesigned bulletin. The image of icebergs from my 2015 Ilulissat series also features on a poetry postcard alongside 'The Widow and Kaleidoscope' from Sasha Dugdale's new collection Joy, which is the Poetry Book Society Winter Choice.

Find out more about the work of the Poetry Book Society here

or read an extract from the title poem of Joy 
which won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2016

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sunday stoop sale!


Happy to report the sewing frame has been sold. 
(Sorry for any disappointment...)

After many years, I've decided to sell my sewing frame. 
I have always been more into ink than thread, and it remains unused.

Half the sale price will be donated to 

Please pass on if you know anyone who might be looking for studio equipment.
If that person is you contact me at 

Thank you!


For Sale

Sewing Frame in solid Beech. Round nuts on 1 1/2in threaded pillars.

·       535mm (21in) long x 270mm (11in) width base.
·       Height of pillars 320mm.
·       350mm (14mm) distance between threaded pillars.
·       Solid Beech planked base.

Weight 7kg

Unused! Available for £75.00 (RRP £126.00)

Can deliver in Oxford or Central London. Postage extra.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Objects for the Anthopocene

Last week ClimateCultures invited me to contribute an essay on three objects which might represent my personal timeline of the Anthropocene. You can read my watery selection here.

And for those curious for more on kayaks, over on the Waterlines blog you can read my first Canal Laureate poem.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Canal Laureate 2018

On the Oxford Canal in January
Photo: Paul Preece

I'm delighted to be appointed Canal Laureate for 2018 by the Canal & River Trust and The Poetry Society, following in the slipstream of writers Luke Kennard (Canal Laureate 2016-17) and Jo Bell (Canal Laureate 2013-15).

Over the coming months I will travel the 2,000 and more miles of waterways looked after by the Canal & River Trust -- wherever possible, in my kayak. I will seek out and share stories from the rich history of the waterways, and champion the importance of these 'green corridors' for wildlife. As well as poems featuring people who live and work on the waterways, I will create new collaborative works with other water-loving artists and writers.

My first canal poem, 'Safety Briefing' can be read on the Waterlines website, and subsequent poems will be posted there over the coming months. You can also follow the project on Twitter @CanalPoetry

More details in the announcement from The Poetry Society.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Writer in Residence: Jan Michalski Foundation

Le Voleur de Mots V by Jaume Plensa, in the courtyard of Jan Michalski Foundation

This month I am writer in residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher, Switzerland. I am grateful for the opportunity to access the rich and remarkable mulitlingual library at the Foundation while working on my translations of Songs from Ammassalik, as well as putting the finishing touches to my memoir The Library of Ice.

(The sculpture shines all night, keeping me company when I have been working late.)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Small Publishers Fair, London

Don't miss this feast of books! 

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November 2017
Conway Hall, London 
11am - 7pm

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn reading: printmaking and poetry in the north

For the last few months I've been absorbed in work on a new book, but even so there has been a little time for other things. I particularly enjoyed writing an article on the connections I find between kayaking and writing, published in the summer issue of Poetry News. Other work includes:
  • A catalogue essay for Blue Hours, an exhibition to mark the close of Lucy May Schofield's year-long residency with Visual Arts in Rural Communities in Northumberland National Park. (Republished online in The Double Negative; image above: Khosro Adibi.)
  • A review of the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum in RA Magazine
  • An interview with Scottish poet Macgillivray in Oxford Poetry magazine.
  • An essay on my live lit project The Polar Tombola in The Blue Notebook: Journal of Artists' Books.
  • Reviews of titles on book design by Carol Twombly and Jhumpa Lahiri in the Times Literary Supplement.
The highlight of the winter for me will be the Tove Jansson exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, opening on 25 October. I'm delighted to see Jansson accorded this honour, and look forward to a new perspective on her work.