Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Fondation Jan Michalski - Residency

I have been awarded a residency at the Fondation Jan Michalski in 2017. This foundation for literature at the foot of the Jura in Switzerland has a large multilingual library and exhibition space, not to mention the wonderful "treehouses" for writers shown in the video above. I will use the residency to complete work on the first English translation of a selection of songs collected in Greenland in 1935 by the French anthropologist Paul-Emile Victor (originally published as Chants d'Ammassalik, Copenhagen, 1991).

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Sun Beats Collective - Podcast

Nukúnguasik, who escaped from the tupilak
from Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen (1921)

Sun Beats Collective (@sunbeatsco) have launched a new poetry podcast.

In the first episode of Under the Table hosts Sarah and Anna interview me about poetry and place, with the emphasis on the latter - and digressions via kayaks, qivittoq and tupilaks. There are poems from Andrew Fentham (who responds with panache to my challenge to write a sestina using the titles of Pet Shop Boys songs), Jane Yeh and - a new discovery for me - the work of minimalist poet Robert Lax.

I'm looking forward to the next episode already.