Nancy Campbell is the current Canal Laureate. A writer who works across disciplines, from poetry and essays to publishing artist’s books, she grew up in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland and her work is informed by these landscapes and borderlines. A series of residencies with Arctic research institutions has resulted in projects responding to cultural and climate change in polar and marine environments.
Nancy’s poetry collection Disko Bay (‘a beautiful debut from a deft, dangerous and dazzling new poet’ – Carol Ann Duffy) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016. Her artist’s books include proviso, Death of a Foster Son and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet which received the Birgit Skiöld Award.
Nancy is dedicated to developing innovative literature projects to engage audiences with environmental issues. She was a MarieClaire ‘Wonder Woman’ in 2016 for activities including Arctic Book Club and The Polar Tombola, an interactive live literature event.
Nancy’s writing on the visual arts appears regularly in the Times Literary Supplement and many other journals. Bill Jacklin: Graphics, co-authored with Jill Lloyd, was published in 2016 to accompany the artist’s exhibition at the Royal Academy. For some years the editor of international art magazine Printmaking Today, she remains on its editorial board.
Watch Nancy reading one of her Arctic poems ‘The Message’
Watch Nancy’s poem for Channel 4