Launch of New Welsh Writing Award

The New Welsh Review has launched a new writing award – open to all UK writers and anyone educated in Wales. 8,000-30,000 words non-fiction on nature and the environment. Deadline 1 November 2014. First prize £1000 and more. See the website for full details:

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Radio Broadcasts

Remote Performances is a series of radio broadcasts in early August from the Outlandia treehouse in Glen Nevis. I am running a workshop with local writers and we will broadcast on Thursday 7 August. I will also be blogging on the project during that week. Check the Remote Performances website for further details and listen in.

Remote Performances-project

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Pushing the Boundaries in Brighton

Presented a paper on my collaborations with London Fieldworks and Urbonas Studio at University of Brighton Research Festival, Pushing the Boundaries, this week. Amongst the many highlights of the day for me were: participating in a discussion with Mikhail Karikis on his new film, Children of Unquiet, Damon Taylor’s presentation on design as systemics and systems design, and Simon Sandys’ photographs of dust.


Urbonas Studio, River Runs, Oxford 2012. Photo: James A. Hudson.

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London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm present


New artworks made for radio and broadcast live from Outlandia

4- 9August 2014


Remote Performances is a collaboration between artists London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm, (the world’s first art radio station).

For one week in August 2014, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents will be broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland.

With Resonance104.4fm’s mobile studio ‘in residence’, Outlandia will become a portal between Lochaber and the rest of the world, a context in which participants can transmit experience of place to diverse audiences through art, music and performance.

Artists from England, Scotland and beyond will respond to Outlandia’s distinctive and remote geographical forest location overlooked by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands. Taking place at the moment when Scotland votes on the continuance or dissolution of the 300 year old Acts of Union the week-long series of broadcasts and blogposts will be a timely reflection on contemporary ideas of remoteness, capturing and transmitting creative interactions with the land, its history and people and the tensions between nature, industry, tourism and heritage.

Remote Performances will be broadcast live through Resonance104.4fm with listening posts set-up at Edinburgh Art Festival and the Live Art Development Agency in Hackney Wick, East London. Daily blogposts featuring texts, images and films from Remote Performances will be hosted in collaboration with the LADA ( Full details of live broadcasts and listening posts will be announced in July.

Remote Performances Artists:

Bram Arnold • Atlas Arts • Ruth Barker • Ed Baxter (with Resonance Radio Orchestra) • Johny Brown (with Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn) • Clair Chinnery • Adam Dant • Tam Dean Burn • Benedict Drew • Alec Finlay (with Ken Cockburn) • Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson • Kirsteen Davidson Kelly • Parl Kristian Bjorn Vester (aka Goodiepal) • Sarah Kenchington • Lee Patterson • Michael Pedersen (with Ziggy Campbell) • Geoff Sample • Mark Vernon • Tracey Warr •Tony White

For further information, interviews and images, please contact Jo Joelson at:

Or: +44(0) 7712 425054 or: +44 (0)20 8985 6340

London Fieldworksis an arts practice formed in 2000 by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson for creative research and collaboration at the intersection of art, environment, technology and society. They create artworks, performative architecture, films and publications exploring human engagement with environment. Through their projects they have experimented with radical production methods to explore how experience of place can be transmitted from remote and wild locations through art.

Outlandia is an off-grid, architectdesigned, artist treehouse studio and field-station, a legacy project for the Year of Highland Culture 2007, imagined by London Fieldworks and designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects. Outlandia is located in a copse of Norwegian spruce and larch on Forestry Commission land in Glen Nevis, at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Western Highlands. It is an artist-led project built for artists and community groups, to foster links between creativity and the natural environment. Outlandia has hosted over 25 DIY artist residences since its launch in 2010, documented on the

Resonance104.4fm is a ground-breaking 24/7 arts broadcast platform, which exists to encourage creativity through radio. Open to as wide a range of artists, art forms and diverse communities as possible, its broadcasts challenge, inspire and transform people’s creative and listening experiences. Now in its 12th year, through it’s wide-ranging and far-reaching programming Resonance104.4fm strives to be culturally influential – locally, nationally and

Remote Performances is supported by:

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND (Grants for the Arts)

NEVIS LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP (Heritage Lottery Programme)




Image credit: Outlandia by London Fieldworks, 2010

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Walking, mapping, writing workshop in Fort William

1 Outlandia Path

The Path to Outlandia

Tuesday 5 August 2014            

10am – 4pm

Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William

and Glen Nevis Visitor Centre



‘The moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow’, wrote Henry Thoreau. Many other writers including Walt Whitman, John Muir, Iain Sinclair, Will Self, Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit have written about walking in wild places or used walking to inspire writing on other topics.

Tracey Warr is running a one-day workshop with adult writers, using maps and short walks in Glen Nevis. In the morning at Lochaber Archive Centre, maps will inspire us to write of imaginary or remembered engagements with landscapes. The afternoon session will be based at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre with a one hour walk in the Glen to help us develop our writing in progress. Published and aspiring writers are welcome. Selected texts will be read (wherever possible by the authors) on Resonance Radio on the following days: 6-9 August and will be published on the Outlandia website

Places on the workshop are limited so please email me as soon as possible on to book your place.

Tracey Warr has published two historical novels: Almodis (Impress, 2011) and The Viking Hostage (Impress, 2014); a short story in Shadow Plays (Parthian, 2010); and many books and essays on contemporary artists. Her first novel, Almodis, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative and received a Santander Research Award. She also writes for Times Higher Education and New Welsh Review magazines.

The walking, mapping, writing workshop is part of the week-long radio art project “Remote Performances” taking place August 4-9th, which is supported by: Arts Council England • Nevis Landscape Partnership • Oxford Brookes University • Heritage Lottery Programme. Thanks also to Lochaber Archive Centre and Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.


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Deadline approaching for short story competition

The deadline of 1st July 2014 is approaching for this year’s Ifanca Helene James Short Story competition. First prize is £100 and a bottle of champagne. See full details here:

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Lorna Simpson’s Conundrums

Thurs 5 & Fri 6 June 2014

I am giving the keynote presentation and facilitating a Long Table discussion in a symposium at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead on the work of American artist Lorna Simpson. The symposium accompanies an exhibition of Simpson’s work. My paper is entitled ‘Lorna Simpson’s Conundrums’. Other presenters include Christine Borland, Volker Straub, Richard Kotter and Sally Madge. Performances by Adura Onashile, Jane Arnfield, Sandra Johnston, Alastair Maclennan and Selina Thompson.

Further details on the conference and exhibition are here:

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