Friday, 22 June 2018

Two anthologies

I'm delighted to have poems in two anthologies published by The Emma Press this summer: 

Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts, edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss and illustrated by Emma Wright (available here)

and In Transit: Poems of Travel, edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs (available here).

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The Library of Ice - new publication

I'm delighted to announce that The Library of Ice, a memoir of my seven-year adventure in search of the world's disappearing ice, will be published this autumn by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster - and copies are now available to pre-order. Thank you to everyone who has accompanied me on these journeys, both in the Arctic and back home, especially those who assisted with my research over the last year. If you'd like to be kept informed about the launch event in November 2018, please email me:

Sunday, 13 May 2018


Phoenix rising from the canal, Oxfordshire

Since the beginning of the year I've been working on several Canal Laureate projects with The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust, and contributing a monthly blog to Waterlines.

One of the latest projects to reach completion is a new filmpoem, The Cut, created in collaboration with the Canadian artist Pierre Tremblay. The Cut was screened daily as part of Barge Fiodra's residency on the Regent's Canal at King's Cross, London, during April (in a double bill with vintage short film The Barge Fellows). The filmpoem can now be viewed here.

I'm looking forward to working with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Macclesfield Canal over the summer, and presenting new poems at watery events in York and Bedford -- keep an eye on the Canal Laureate Twitter feed or website for updates.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Union Canal, Scotland

The Scottish waterways are not officially part of the Canal Laureate's ambit, but since I was in Edinburgh this week I decided to spend a morning exploring the Union Canal, starting at Meggetland Bridge and heading for the city.

  Rowers from St Andrews Boat Club were out early, as were the dog-walkers.

The canal opened in 1822 to carry coal from the west of Scotland to Edinburgh. 
(You can find more history on the Scottish Canals website). 
Beyond the new suburbs that grew up beside it, above, and barely visible through the winter trees 
is the former Craiglockhart Hospital where Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were treated for shell shock during World War I. 

I spotted a lone cat.

Then the rowers returned...

...and the commuters started to race by.

Approaching Viewforth Bridge - ready for a coffee now.


Old and new Edinburgh: a boarded-up chapel and narrowboats at Leamington Wharf.

Rivets and fresh paint at the Leamington Lift Bridge near Lochrin Basin.

Arrival in Prague/Lower Gilmore Place.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

Upcoming Event: BALTIC Self-Publishing Artists Market

Come to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on Saturday 21 April for the BALTIC Self-Publishing Artists' Market. I'll be exhibiting my work alongside over fifty other international artists, small press publishers, printmakers and zine makers.