Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bacon / Freud at Marlborough Fine Art

It was a great pleasure to write about two titans of twentieth-century art for the catalogue to the current exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art, London. The different approaches to printmaking demonstrated by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud creates high drama in the gallery. Bacon and Freud: Graphic Works is at Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London until 25 February 2017. The catalogue is also available online.

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.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Borrowed Bookshelves 14

Old and new books on the shelves at The Red Bone Bindery, Groningen, The Netherlands

Sunday, 6 November 2016

New edition!

A new edition of How To Say "I Love You" In Greenlandic has just been launched by MIEL books.

The new edition beautifully captures the colour and texture of the pochoir prints in the original artist's book, with its twelve postcards digitally printed on 300gsm cotton card stock, and an essay on Greenlandic language and landscape in the accompanying booklet.

MIEL books are offering an introductory discount of 30% to customers buying the book before 14 November 2016 - just quote the code WELCOMETOGREENLAND when you visit the online shop.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

TV takeover - National Poetry Day 2016

Poetry took over the continuity slots at Channel 4 Television on National Poetry Day this month. Among the works broadcast were two poems from Disko Bay. I suspect 'Planning Permission' was deliberately scheduled before Grand Designs! Thanks to Dominic O'Shea at Channel 4 for making the recording such fun. You can watch the short films we made below.


Planning Permission


Summer Song