DECEMBER 2018

The Encyclopedia of Animals is published in a Swedish Edition:

 

 

DECEMBER 2018

A Natural History of Christmas presentation to a private society in Tavistock, Devon.

 

The journey across Dartmoor was so atmospheric

 

NOVEMBER 2018 - National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

A visit with my wonderful undergrads to help get a head start in their creative careers. Congratulations to those who pitched – so proud of you all!

 

https://ncwgradfair.weebly.com

 

OCTOBER 2018

October 20th –
The Rabbit and the Moon - showcased today – selected as Curator’s Choice. Thanks so much to the amazing Sou MacMillan and her team of judges. Congratulations to everyone!

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

So very happy to be part of Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival’s last ever long-list:

 

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is a celebration of the meeting of poetry and the visual arts at the intersection of film, which invites writers and filmmakers to make non-performance short films illustrating original poems by living authors

 

AUGUST 2018

Preparing for a trip to the Indian Ocean
Residency at a Primary School on Mauritius with time to explore the wildlife of the island and the Indian Ocean. Star encounters include the rare Echo Parrot, with a population of around 300, one of the world's most elusive birds.

 

Time spent working with a giant tortoises conservation project –
extraordinary creatures who make us rethink time and perception.

 

And the super-smart macaques of the temple at Ganga Talao:

 

AUGUST 2018

More Congratulations to Dr. Michael Leach! Mike has been elected a Fellow of the Zoological Society (FZS). Wonderful news and so well deserved! Our planet needs committed champions.

 

 

JULY 2018

More translations to celebrate!

 

 

JUNE 2018 - -It’s here!

Very excited to announce that the Encyclopedia of Animals is published! Co-authored with Michael and published by Arcturus.
Thanks to our editor, Clare Hibbert @ Hollow Pond

 

 

APRIL 2018

Very happy to be a semi-finalist at the all new NEWLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
https://newlynfilmfestival.com/programme-2018/

The mission of the Newlyn Film Festival is to raise the profile of filmmaking within the South West and to support local filmmakers through networks and recognition. Newlyn and Penzance in West Penwith form a unique environment for filmmakers, both in terms of locations and local talent and creativity. The varied festival programme aims to encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds as well as attracting new audiences to short film. We aim to cover the full possibilities of creative filmmaking through the range of award categories and careful scheduling of each screening session. From animation and poetry films through to documentary and short fiction formats, the festival aims to promote the best locally, nationally and internationally.

Thanks to Redcliffe Films, festival directors Anthea Page and Diana Taylor and to Lucy English and Sarah Tremlett for selecting deep pink.

Thanks to the Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University and to my AHoD, Ms. Bev Stevens and research lead Dr. Jane Turner for supporting my funding bid to help with festival attendance.

 

 

MARCH 2018

Caithness International Science Festival – a very happy visit to schools in the far north. Thanks to Amanda and the Festival team.

The highlight of the visit was an evening of  "Exploration and Discovery" with Michael Leach and Duane Carey, NASA astronaut and pilot of the Columbia Space Shuttle on its trip to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
 
Duane reflected on his time orbiting the Earth 165 times and Michael spoke about our experiences exploring tropical rainforests, polar regions and other wild places. Thanks to Cheryl and Duane for good company and a great evening, hope we can do it again sometime.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018 - Kin and an early return of the sun…

I’ve been invited to showcase Kin as part of the LIGHT UP POOLE, digital light art festival in Dorset.

https://lightuppoole.co.uk
https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2018/light-up-poole-a-festival-of-light/

Such an honour. And so special that this work emerges from a project including my college community. Thank you Paul, Ben and Rachel xxx

 

 

February 2018

Wildlife Watcher Guide published in Spanish and French editions.

 

 

 

January 2018 - In Search of the Empty Quarter – Oman residency.

An exciting few days spent with the pupils of the American British Academy in Muscat, looking at Animal Adaptations, Polar Habitats  and Rainforest Ecology. A fascinating school and thoroughly enjoyable visit. Thanks to Mara Hakim and David Veinot for help, warm hospitality, coffee and dates.
The students were uniformly impressive too.

 

 

December 2017 - HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO Dr. MICHAEL LEACH

Longtime collaborator and mentor Mike has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). That’s a lifetime ambition fulfilled for Mike. Thank you RGS. And there’s absolutely no excuse to rely on wonky satnavs for navigation ever again!

 

 

Winter 2017 – LONG DAYS BUT NEARLY THERE…

Lots of late nights working on the proofs of the Encyclopedia of Animals – thanks to our editor Clare Hibbert @ Hollow Pond

 

 

October 2017 - Murmurings about a murmuration

Very happy to share that Kin has been selected for showcase at the wonderful Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Thanks to my students and colleagues past and present for your help realising this project.  Special thanks to Mirander De-La-Haye, kitty queen extraordinaire,  who helped me to work out some of the ideas here - you're a star!

 

 

 

September 2017 - Rain frogs reach Portugal

Rain Frog Promise is showcased at Festival Silêncio, Guilherme Cossoul - Raul Solnado Hall, Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

August 2017

 

July 2017

Now a proud member of the wonderful National Botanic Garden of Wales https://botanicgarden.wales

 

June 2017

Working on Kin, a film-poem emerging from interdisciplinary collaborative ‘murmuration’ project with Dr. Paul Evans, Dr. Ben Challis, Dr. Julie Armstrong, Ms. Rachel Rimmer and students from Manchester Met and the local community. Part of the Animate:Saltscape project with which MMUC is partnered.

 

May 2017

Excited to be working on a new publication for  ARCTURUS PUBLISHING LIMITED... giant tube worms rule!

 

April 2017 - Nature Explorer for Kids published in Italian!

 

March 2017

Thanks to Caithness International Science Festival for hosting such an inspiring Science Week Programme.

 

February 20th and 21st

Thank you so much to the wonderful Northern Ireland Library Service for the invitation to be part of 'Fact February'.

 

January 2017 - Found in translation

The article “Conserving Polar Bears”; from World of Animals; April 2016; Issue 32 has been  translated into French as "L'Ours Blanc en Danger" and published in Le Grand Guide Des Ours; Edition Oracom, pp 142-146.

 

 

January 27th 2017 Northwest Poetry and Poetics Network – Poetry and Film event

For poets, film-makers, listeners and viewers – for anyone interested in the interactions between poetry and film The Northwest Poetry and Poetics Network offers a day-long symposium for sharing and discussing work. There will be screenings, conversations and contributions from leading practitioners, including Sarah Tremlett, Michael Symmons Roberts (in conversation with Martin Kratz), Helen Mort and Tom Jenks.
​Thanks so much to Sarah for including my work in her presentation :)

 

January 11th - February 21st 2017

excited to be invited to exhibit at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms. The 2-person show is entitled: UNNATURAL HISTORIES:LIES, LORE AND LONGING AN EXHIBITION OF WILDLIFE IMAGES & FOLKLORE
It included a talk to adults and children.

 

September 2016

Thrilled to be nominated for the Curator's Prize at Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
doublebunnypress.com/2016-shortlists/

 

 

August 2016 – Just launched

Wildlife Watcher Guide and Nature Explorer Guide for Kids (with Michael Leach) Another in the Ultimate Guides series for children, we explore the skills needed to track, observe and photograph wildlife.  The practical chapters cover field-craft, equipment, safety, identification and photography - in habitats such as woodland, urban, mountains and water.  
Flexibound (QED) and Paperback (Firefly Books).

 

August 2016 – Hen Harrier Weekend – 8th and 9th
June 2016 - THINKING ABOUT:

Robert MacFarlane in conversation with Horatio Clare at Tate Liverpool. Discussing Landmarks and Old Ways and Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/talks-and-lectures/ljmu-writers-workshop-presents-robert-macfarlane

Thanks to Dr Julie Armstrong for some excellent train-ride-home conversation!
www.juliearmstrongwriting.com

 

 

June 2016 - EXCITED TO BE SELECTED FOR FESTIVAL IN BATH:

small journeys skyward
Liberated Words Utopia/Dystopia Screenings

The Bath Fringe Festival, June 2nd 2016
Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution
Including live poetry from Sanket Shrestha – haunting insights into Nepal.

 

 

APRIL 2016 – World of Animals – Issue 32

“Conserving Polar Bears”

Five-page article on current conservation projects including an interview with Dr. Steven Amstrup.
Co-authored with Dr. Michael Leach.

www.imagineshop.co.uk/world-of-animals-issue-32/

 

 

APRIL 2016 - Birdwatching Magazine

A four-page co-authored article by Michael Leach and Meriel Lland, looking at current conservation efforts to save the Northern Bald Ibis.

Photographs by Michael and Meriel.

 

 

OCTOBER 2015 – SELECTED FOR SHOWCASE AT THE MAGICAL...

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Worcester, Massachusetts; October 10th 2015. Showcase Matinee: Nick’s Bar, Worcester.

 

 

AUGUST 2015 – Hen Harrier Day

 

JULY 2015 – THINKING ABOUT:

TRIO MEDIAEVAL at the Wigmore Hall.

Crossing realms.

www.triomediaeval.no
www.facebook.com/triomediaeval/

 

 

JULY 2015 – FIRST SHOWING IN BARCELONA!

Pro.l.e, Barcelona – Sinestesis – Club Cronopios, c/ Ferlandina, 16
Saturday 18th July 19:30 2015

 

 

JULY 2015 – CONFERENCE PAPERS AND SCREENINGS @ MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Contested Spaces: Shared Places, Manchester Metropolitan University Interdepartmental Conference, 07th July 2015.

 

 

MAY 2015:

WORK IN PROGRESS AND FLOWERKISSER SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION AT DEPARTMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS RESEARCH CONFERENCE @ MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

 

 

SPRING 2015:

On May 13th 2015 the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon stated that “Emergency relief is never enough”, while on the same day the UN Member States adopted a resolution which indicates that Nepal needs “building back better”.

“Building back better” is precisely what Relief Nepal sets out to achieve providing assistance in the rehabilitation, reconstruction and rebuilding of the country by providing in-kind and financial assistance; ensuring equal distribution of goods, knowledge and financial support as well as strengthening and developing local initiatives, resources and capacities.

The primary long-term goal of Relief Nepal is to develop a sustainable and resilient housing system for Nepal in collaboration with academic community in France and beyond and humanitarian organizations in order to form partnerships and affiliations that would allow us to carry out our mission effectively. Our team has already entered into a partnership with the University of Nantes, France, and launched talks with the academic staff of the University over support prospects. We are also developing a project with the French public safety organization “Protection Civile”.

reliefnepal.eu/home/

 

 

SPRING 2015 - In Search of Waldrapps

To Tamri in Morocco tracking down the northern bald ibis. Also called the Waldrapp, this is one of the world's rarest birds, with just 600 left in the wild. The trip was to gather photos for an article on the conservation and  biology of this Red Data listed species. Fortunately the birds co-operated and the images worked very well.

 

 

APRIL 2015:

Nothing in the Garden - Poetry and Poetry Film Event organised by elephantsfootprints.com, Halo, Bristol.


Wednesday 29th April 2015


Included in a selection from Liberated Words curated by the lovely Sarah Tremlett and Lucy English.

 

 

MARCH 2015 – THINKING ABOUT:

Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool.
www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/leonora-carrington

 

 

WINTER 2014:

A Natural History of Christmas. (Quandary Press)
 
Co-authored with Dr Michael Leach.
 
This looks at the integral part plants, animals and the environment play in the festivities of Christmas. The book covers holly, ivy, mistletoe and explains the unlikely story of why robins are so closely associated with Christmas. The authors explore the biological roots of our favourite stuffing. But best of all it reveals just why Santa’s reindeer are thought to fly.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014 - EXCITED TO BE SELECTED FOR SHOWCASE IN ATHENS:

International Film Poetry Festival; Theatre Embros, Athens; 28th Nov 2014.


“The yearly International Film Poetry Festival will be held for third time in Greece on Friday 28/11/2014 2014 in Athens. Approximately 1000 people attended the festival last year.

There will be two different zones of the festival. The first zone will include video poems, visual poems, short film poems and cinematic poetry by artists from all over the world (America, Asia, Europe, Africa). The second zone will include cross-platform collaborations of sound producers and music groups with poets and visual artists in live improvisations.

The International Film Poetry Festival 2014 attempts to create an open public space for the creative expression of all tendencies and streams of contemporary visual poetry.

It is very important to notice that this festival is a part of the counter-culture activities of Void Network and + the Institute [for Experimental Arts] and will be non-sponsored, free entrance, non commercial and non profit event. 
Void Network started organizing multi media poetry nights in 1990. Void Network and +the Institute [for Experimental Arts] believe that multi media Poetry Nights and Video Poetry shows can vibrate in the heart of Metropolis, bring new audiences in contact with contemporary poetry and open new creative dimensions for this ancient art.


theinstituteinfo.blogspot.gr/2014/08/international-film-poetry-festival.html

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014 – INVITED TO CYCLOP:

IV International Poetry Film Contest’s selection for Cyclop-2014: Kiev, Ukraine.


November 23rd 2014


The CYCLOP 4th International Videopoetry Festival took place on November, 21th and 23th, 2014 in Ukraine (Kyiv). The festival program features video-visual poetry related lectures, workshops, round tables, discussions, presentations of international contests and festivals, as well as a demonstration of the best examples of Ukrainian and world videopoetry, competitive program, awarding ceremony and other interesting videopoetry related projects.


cyclop.in.ua/archives/2699

 

 

OCTOBER 2013 - Primates of the Caribbean. 

In BBC Wildlife, October 2013, Michael Leach and Meriel Lland have contributed a 6 page article from the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The feature looks at the vervet monkeys of St Kitts - and their alcoholic habit of stealing drinks from beach bars.

 

 

MAY 2013 – THINKING ABOUT:

ICE AGE ART: ARRIVAL OF THE MODERN MIND
BRITISH MUSEUM

www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ice_age_art.aspx