Poet and geographer charts the forgotten history and disappearing future of the Arctic

Blog | Published on September 15, 2015

Moving through its poems, one experiences something of the doubling dissimulation of northern light: a fierce clarity of vision, combined with an awareness of things being uncannily off-scale and out of kilter.    ROBERT MACFARLANE Fence is an epic of fragments set in the vast, frozen Svalbard islands in the High Arctic. At once beautiful and […]

Moving through its poems, one experiences something of the doubling dissimulation of northern light: a fierce clarity of vision, combined with an awareness of things being uncannily off-scale and out of kilter.

   ROBERT MACFARLANE

Fence is an epic of fragments set in the vast, frozen Svalbard islands in the High Arctic. At once beautiful and beautifully strange, this innovative new book is the work of Tim Cresswell, a renowned geographer and poet.

Fence is inspired by an expedition to the Norwegian archipelago in 2011 led by artist Alex Hartley of Nowhereisland. As well as documenting Cresswell’s own experiences in this sub-zero wilderness, Fence also appropriates text from the journals of seventeenth century whaler Robert Fotherby and Leonie D’Aunet, the first woman to visit Svalbard in 1838.

In this poetic work, Cresswell has created an arresting composition of journeys across time. Adopting a taut, minimalist lyric, Fence blends subjects as diverse as history, politics and Arctic ecology to draw attention to a landscape that is slipping away. Cresswell’s poetry adds an important voice to the current debates around climate change; this compelling new book relishes the stillness of a place where natural and human history are locked together in the ice.

Fence is published 5 October 2015 in paperback by Penned in the Margins priced £9.99.

 


 

Further information

For further information, to request review copies, or to arrange an interview with Tim Cresswell, please contact his publicist James Trevelyan on 020 7375 0121 or james@pennedinthemargins.co.uk

Bibliographic information

Title Fence
Author Tim Cresswell
RRP £9.99
Page extent 72 pages
Publication date 5 October 2015
ISBN 978-1-908058-31-7
Publisher Penned in the Margins (London)

Biographies

Tim Cresswell is a human geographer and Professor of History and International Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston. He is the author of five books on the role of place and mobility in cultural life, co-editor of four collections and managing editor of the journal, Cultural Geographies. Tim’s first poetry collection, Soil, was published in 2013 by Penned in the Margins.

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