Publication Day! The Water Age

My new books The Water Age 1, 2, 3 are published today by Meanda Books. The Water Age & Other Fictions is a collection of short future fictions. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as spitting fish, inking squids and singing whales, and above all, they are inspired by water itself. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

The second book, The Water Age Art & Writing Workshops, is a workbook for creative and playful engagements with the possibility that we may be living with more water in the future. The topic of water is explored through writing and art exercises that include aquatic biomimicry inventions, writing with maps, drawing inspirations from Vikings and taking watery words on adventures. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

The third book, The Water Age Children’s Art & Writing Workshops, was initially inspired by a workshop I ran at Modern Art Oxford with my sister. I built on the first workshop with a children’s art workshop in Helsinki and, then, with a writing workshop in a primary school in Haydon Bridge. With the participants I explored facts about the behaviour of water and about aquatic flora and fauna. For example: the water you drink has been through the bladder of a Tyrannosaurus rex and many other places; the water on Earth is 4.4 billion years old and came here from outer space; the octopus has three hearts and its eyes can look in two separate directions.

The Water Age Children’s Art & Writing Workshops is a book for teachers, artists and writers who are working with children aged 8–11. Workshop activities include drawing and painting waterscapes, building waterscapes in the classroom or playground, designing and making models for water living, creating simple films about water living and writing a story about a future watery world. Available as paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks.

Thanks to James A. Hudson for the lovely covers and thanks to HIAP and Frontiers in Retreat for supporting the publication of the books.

More information at Meanda Books.

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Spies and intrigues in the 12th century

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Henry of Blois, Abbot of Glastonbury and Bishop of Winchester

I am currently hard at work on the final book in my Conquest series about the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century. The trilogy is centred on the life of Nest ferch Rhys, the daughter of the last Welsh king of the south-west kingdom of Deheubarth. The final book is called The Anarchy and will be published by Impress Books in 2019. I’ve been rereading the first two books to get thoroughly immersed again in the characters’ lives. The advantage of writing the final book in a trilogy is that your characters’ backstories already exist in your own previous novels. In the new book, I’m enjoying developing the role of Breri, a travelling Welsh bard and a spy, and I am writing in an intrigue involving the Vatican and the Bishop of Winchester.

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The Midden – new art and ecology book

The Midden is just published by Garret Publications, edited by me and Jenni Nurmenniemi. It builds on the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology project. It includes essays by Antti Salminen, Taru Elfving, Jussi Parikka, Jenni, and myself, and two short texts by future fiction writer, Emmi Itaranta. The design is by Serge Rompza at NODE Berlin Oslo.

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The Water Age – 3 new books

Coming soon:

Water Age 1 cover hi res

 

Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in these suspenseful, lyrical tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as spitting fish, inking squids and singing whales, and above all, they are inspired by water itself.

 

Water Age 2 cover hi res

 

The art and writing workshops in this book engage creatively and playfully with the possibility that we may be living with more water in the future. The topic of water is explored through writing and art exercises that include aquatic biomimicry inventions, writing with maps, drawing inspirations from Vikings and taking watery words on adventures.

 

 

Water Age 3 cover hi resThe water you drink has been through the bladder of a Tyrannosaurus rex and many other places. The water on Earth is 4.4 billion years old and came here from outer space. The octopus has three hearts and its eyes can look in two separate directions. What other facts can we find out about the behaviour of water? What can we learn about aquatic flora and fauna? What imaginative ideas can we have about living with more water?

The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops is a book for teachers, artists and writers who are working with children aged 8–11. The workshops focus on water and contemplate a possible future when we may be living with more water. The art workshop suggests drawing and painting waterscapes, building waterscapes in the classroom or playground, designing and making models for water living, creating simple films about water living. The writing workshop helps to develop a story about a future watery world, and suggests performing and recording a story, creating an exhibition or broadcast, or turning a story into a book.

Books are available for preorder from mid-August. Further information and expression of interest form here.