26 09 17
Two new essays now posted here (under the WRITING tab, above): one on the work of the painter Meinrad Craighead, and the other on the illustrational collaboration between Ted Hughes and Leonard Baskin. Both of these essays are based on papers given at the Dartington-based Art.Earth creative summits, held in 2016 and 2017.
This has been an interesting and quite intense year of collaborations - I acted as guest Art Editor on Dark Mountain's 11th Journal, which was both a challenge and a delight to work on; later in 2017 I then edited a six-installment Blog series for Dark Mountain, based on papers from the In Other Tongues creative summit which I co-convened with Art.Earth director Richard Povall and other friends there. As part of In Other Tongues I also co-taught a five day residential Shortcourse at Dartington with the poet Alyson Hallett, called Intimate Geographies, Ecologies of Conversation. We used the five days to look to creative writing, image-making and improvised ritual as means to enter into conversations with place. This course stands out as one of the most rewarding learning processes I've ever taken part in - I'm very grateful to have been part of it.
My last chapbook, a collaboration with Scottish poet Em Strang on her narrative poem Stone, was published by Atlantic Press in March 2016. Stone was launched in Cornwall at the Newlyn Gallery as part of Drawing Down the Feminine, a project convened by artist Kate Walters and writer Penny Florence. It also formed part of the Dark Mountain Base Camp gathering, held at Embercombe, September 2016. Em and I then gave a panel about our work together on Stone as part the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival that I co-curated in Falmouth, November 2016 (the panel was 'Poetry and Illustration: A Collaborative Approach', hosted by Atlantic Press). All proceeds the from sales of Stone go to the Scottish reforestation project, Trees for Life .