Polar bearings

The Polar Museum in Cambridge have released the audio of a panel event about culture and climate change that I was proud to be involved in last year. Here’s the blurb:

The Arctic and Antarctic have long claimed a strong hold on the western imagination, but climate change has given these regions new prominence and meaning. Why have these places held such a strong attraction for western explorers and storytellers? Has Polar science been well represented in climate change coverage in professional journalism and social media? What have we learned from controversies, whether about natural science, or the interests of the people and places most affected by change? How much do we know about future scenarios for these sensitive regions, and how should we tell those stories today in a way that might change the future for the better? Is the future the next frontier for explorers and storytellers?

This free public event explored these themes with contributions from climate modeller Tamsin Edwards (Open University), oceanographer Mark Brandon (Open University), Cambridge Polar Museum curator Charlotte Connelly, poet Nick Drake (author of Arctic-themed poem cycle ‘The Farewell Glacier’) and writer Tony White (Science Museum writer in residence and author of the Science Museum published climate change novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South). Broadcaster and writer Dallas Campbell (presenter of BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory and City in the Sky) introduced and chaired the event. It was co-organised by the University of Cambridge Polar Museum and The Mediating Change Group, which is based jointly at the Open University Geography Department and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Click here to listen on the Polar Museum’s Soundcloud page now

Click here to download a free PDF of Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White, the first novel ever published by the Science Museum

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Read the opening chapter…

Read the opening chapter of The Fountain in the Forest in this exclusive chapter sampler from publisher Faber and Faber. Here’s the blurb:

When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. Who is this anonymous corpse, and why has he been ritually mutilated? But as Rex explores the crime scene further, the mystery deepens, and he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead. Who, more importantly, is Rex King?

Shifting between Holborn Police Station, an abandoned village in rural 1980s France, and the Battle of the Beanfield at Stonehenge, The Fountain in the Forest transforms the traditional crime narrative into something dizzyingly unique. At once an avant-garde linguistic experiment, thrilling police procedural, philosophical meditation on liberty, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is an iconoclastic novel of unparalleled ambition.

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The Fountain in the Forest is now available to pre-order direct from Faber and Faber

‘White’s “astonishing experiment in literary form” to Faber’ (The Bookseller)

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Iz Mostara

I just got back from the third Festival Poligon in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I spent a few days with my old friend Niall Griffiths, UK artist Anna Best, and many other writers and critics from Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, and Serbia.

It was a great privilege to give the first ever public readings from my forthcoming novel The Fountain in the Forest at the Museum of Herzegovina’s kuća Ćorovića (Ćorović House), the Mostar birthplace of novelist Svetozar Ćorović (1875–1919).

Thanks to Festival Poligon director Mirko Božić and to the festival’s funders, venues and community, my fellow writers and artists, and the people of Mostar for their generosity and hospitality.

Here are just a few of photographer Ivan Kelava’s great pictures, taken from the Festival Poligon Facebook page, starting with this amazing photo of the reading in the Black Dog Pub in Mostar’s old town.

The Fountain in the Forest — out 4 January 2018

My latest novel The Fountain in the Forest is published by Faber and Faber on 4 January 2018.

Here’s the blurb from the bound proof:

When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. Who is this anonymous corpse, and why has he been ritually mutilated? But as Rex explores the crime scene further, the mystery deepens, and he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead. Who, more importantly, is Rex King?

Shifting between Holborn Police Station, an extraordinary abandoned village in rural 1980s France, and the Battle of the Beanfield at Stonehenge, The Fountain in the Forest transforms the traditional crime narrative into something dizzyingly unique. At once an avant-garde linguistic experiment, thrilling police procedural, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is a novel of unparalleled ambition.

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White’s ‘astonishing experiment in literary form’ to Faber (The Bookseller)

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POPP #33 – Sheena Rose

Piece of Paper Press is delighted to present HOME IS ON MY MIND… a new artist’s book by Barbadian artist Sheena Rose. In this informal, ‘zine’-style work, produced in a special limited edition of four-hundred numbered copies, Rose creates loose narrative sequences from drawings of home that she made in her sketchbook while completing her Masters studies in the USA in 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship. Executed with a free and frank cartoon-like clarity, and containing some adult themes, HOME IS ON MY MIND… is magical, mythic and intimate.

Sheena Rose says:

‘I can’t help thinking of my home, Barbados, and understanding myself as a Black Caribbean woman. These sketches help me free up my mind with random thoughts of home, taking you into my magical, humorous and somewhat conflicted world. I hope you can handle this strange land…’

Sheena Rose is a Barbadian artist, whose practice involves mixed and new media, including animation, drawing, painting, performance and video. Rose has exhibited and performed internationally, recently presenting her performance work ‘Island and Monster’ at the Royal Academy, London, in association with International Curators Forum (ICF). Rose’s work has been included in art fairs, film festivals and auctions including Prizm Art Fair, Third Horizon Film Festival and Rush Philanthropic Foundation Arts Auction Art for Life.

Read about Sheena Rose in the New York Times (31 May 2017)…

Piece of Paper Press was created by author Tony White in 1994 as a lo-tech, sustainable artists’ book project to commission and publish new writings, visual and graphic works by artists and writers. Each book is manufactured from a single A4 sheet that is printed on both sides and then folded, stapled and trimmed by hand to create the book. Piece of Paper Press titles are usually published in a limited edition of 150, and always distributed free, either at an event or by post to a slowly evolving mailing list. Past contributors include Tim Etchells, Penny McCarthy, Rose Frain, Steven Hull, Suzanne Treister, Elizabeth Magill, Alison Turnbull, James Pyman, Liliane Lijn, Michael Moorcock, Joanna Walsh and Suzanna Medina.

 

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