Haunting and intimate places

Having not been able to make it to Durham Book Festival this year, I was pleased to finally be able to see (online, via Vimeo) Stevie Ronnie’s triptych of film poems, made with filmmaker Alastair Cook, borne from Stevie’s trip to the High Arctic in 2013. ‘What I Should Have Said‘, ‘Time and the Two Year Old’s Hands‘ and ‘From Arctica‘ tell a haunting and intimate story of climate change, personal reflection and sorrowful love.

Likewise, Lisa Matthews and Melanie Ashby’s A Year In Beadnell project, celebrating the work of US marine biologist Rachel Carson transposed amidst the gorgeous Northumbrian coast is growing every more intriguing. They’re due to kick-off the winter residency in a few days: the spring (vernal), summer (estival) and Autumnal logs are already online.

It’s a year since I was in China with Samantha, in residence at Lijiang Studio. Our digital artists book for iPad, Recollections, is in the process of being prepared for a bilingual Chinese-English print edition (available early 2016, contact me for pre-order info). The latest edition of Transartists’ Antenna is a China edition, including a visual feature on Lijiang studio – Lotte visited while we were in residence, so there’s a picture of me at the lunch table with my eyes closed. My creative non-fiction e-book from the residency, There and Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in South West China, is now on a kindle special at a bargain price of £1.00: so that’s your Christmas sorted.

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