Nancy's recent books include Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet, winner of the Birgit Skiold Award. These works draw on Nancy's experiences during residencies at research institutions in the polar regions. She has a keen interest in contemporary art publishing and writes on prints and artists' books for various journals; she is Art Editor of Oxford Poetry.
Carter's understanding of landscape is multiple. It can be "inner and outer, physical and psychological, inhabited and uninhabited." She has mapped "the pathways and entry points between these worlds" using painting and, more recently, music as The Horn The Hunt, with composer/musician Joe Osborne.
Simms' concern about climate change, pollution and over-consumption are not only demonstrated in the themes of her work, but also in the materials she uses. A Meliors Simms sculpture is likely to be composed of repurposed fabrics and offcuts.
I had hoped to find poems in the Arctic. I did not expect to return with a whole new language. Greenlandic had become the key to representing the Arctic for me, and I felt I owed it an acknowledgement. I selected the 12 most evocative words that Beathe had taught me, and compiled my own abecedarium.
20/11/2012 17:44 GMT
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