In November the Lit & Phil in Newcastle-upon-Tyne will host two events as part of the series Quujaavaarssuk and the Queen of the Sea. The Lit & Phil is a venue full of character, which possesses - among other things - a mesmerising collection of early literature on the Arctic - I spent several months researching in the stacks on my return from Upernavik in 2010.
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
Thanks to Arts Council England for supporting these activities