A word donated to The Polar Tombola by poet Saradha Soobrayen
If you had to lose a word from your language, what would it be?
Endangered languages and censorship are the themes of an exhibition opening on 4 September 2017 at UWE Library, Bower Ashton, Bristol. On display is the archive of The Polar Tombola, a participatory live lit / art project with which I have toured the UK over the last two years. I've been discussing language loss with artists, writers, librarians, curators, scientists and many others, and collecting the words these individuals feel they could - or should - live without. The exhibition includes all 300+ words donated to the archive, together with texts commissioned from leading contemporary writers for the accompanying anthology A Book of Banished Words. Visitors will also be able to see the original installation, including the 'tombola' and the Greenlandic-English dictionary that inspired the project.
Special Offer! The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words is available post-free within the UK for the duration of the exhibition.
The Polar Tombola runs until 31 October 2017 at Bower Ashton Library, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT. More details here.
For a full account to the project, look out for an article on The Polar Tombola in the forthcoming issue of The Blue Notebook Journal for Artists' Books.
The Polar Tombola exhibition, publication and tour were made possible with the generous support of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.