The Displaced Nation

51tP8HG9-uLThose of you who now live or have lived in a place other than your place of birth may be interested to take a look at The Displaced Nation and to sign up for their bi-monthly Displaced Dispatch.

For the last eighteen months I have been interviewing authors for the site’s regular column, ‘Location, Locution’.

My latest interview is with Harriet Springbett, British YA author living in France.

Other interviews include:

Jacqueline Yallop, British historical novelist and non-fiction writer living part-time in France


Simon Mawer, British novelist living in Italy

Charles Lambert, British novelist living in Italy

Emmi Itaranta, Finnish future fiction writer living in the UK

A.J. Mackenzie, Canadian historical crime duo living in the UK

Clare Kane, Scottish novelist living in China.

Thank you to The Displaced Nation editor, ML, for her beautiful and inventive interview layouts.

REMOTE PERFORMANCES – Radio Broadcasts from the Scottish Highlands

Sarah Kenchington, Remote Performances at Loch Ailort
Sarah Kenchington, Remote Performances at Loch Ailort. Photo: London Fieldworks.

The last two days of the Remote Performances broadcasts are today and tomorrow 12-4.30pm on:

Twenty artists have been working in Glen Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, making new work and presenting live radio broadcasts every afternoon. The project is documented at:

And my daily blogs are at:

So far the broadcasts have included daily Sounds of Lochaber from Mark Vernon and London Fieldworks including local agriculture and industry, Highland Games, Nevis climbers, walkers and other tourists; Taking Four Sentences For A Walk – A Writers’ Workshop by me in collaboration with seven other writers*; Kirsteen Davidson Kelly playing piano in the woods; Ruth Barker retelling ancient myths; Sarah Kenchington’s sound performance in collaboration with the sea; weather music from Lisa O’Brien; sounds and lyrics of the Glen from Geoff Sample; two stories set in the Highlands and Islands from Tony White, accompanied by Peter Lanceley and Johny Brown; Clair Chinnery building a nest and dressing in feathers; Bram Thomas Arnold’s series of absurb interactions with nature; The Cèilidh Trailers, an eight-piece band in a a space big enough for four people (how was that possible?); Sarah Henderson playing the clàrsach – the Gaelic harp; John Ireland talking about wood ants; Alex Gillespie and Willie Anderson, veterans of the Nevis Mountain Rescue Team; local radio broadcaster Isobel Campbell in conversation with sheepfarmer Ian McColl; historian Alex Du Toit on The Clearances, the Jacobite Risings, the Scottish Diaspora and filming Harry Potter. If you haven’t listened yet, aren’t you wishing you had? Programmes are repeated and will be available online from next week.

And still to come over the next two days are Lee Patterson’s sound work from field recordings in this spectacular environment rich with wild life, Benedict Drew, Alec Finlay and Ken Cockburn’s The Road North, two performances from Johny Brown, Ed Baxter using the Glen as an acoustic space, Emma Nicholson from Atlas Arts on the Isle of Skye, Michael Pederson and Ziggy Campbell, Goodiepal, The Band of Holy Joy, and Tam Dean Burn in dialogue with John Hutchinson from the John Muir Trust and more. Listening in is nearly as good as being in the Scottish Highlands.

* The seven writers were Gay Anderson, Carol Brock, Anne Claydon-Wallace, Alison Lloyd, Gillian Ness, Lorna Finlayson and Nuno Sacramento.

Ingrid Henderson playing clarsach in Outlandia for the Remote Performances radio broadcasts with Resonance 104.4fm
Ingrid Henderson playing clarsach in Outlandia for the Remote Performances radio broadcasts with Resonance 104.4fm, hosted by Johny Brown. Photo: Inga Tillere.

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.

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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

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.