Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is a Scottish poet and book artist who is currently a Literature Fellow at the international artists’ house Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany. Between 2010 and 2017 she undertook a series of residencies with Arctic and Scandinavian museums to research cultural shifts and climate crisis in the north. Her books include The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate, Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016 and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic (winner of the Birgit Skiöld Award). In 2018/19 Nancy was the UK Canal Laureate, a project managed by the Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust; many poems about the waterways appear in Navigations, forthcoming from HappenStance this spring.

Photo: Annie Schlechter


Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Due North »

Link for Live Streaming of this event.

This event and the other two Poetry Breakfast events at this year’s festival will be webcast. Please note these are live streaming webcasts, we are not recording the events, so you can only watch them while they are live; also you will not find anything at the link above until the events actually begin. 

Wake up and smell the poetry!

Sat 7 March | 10:00 - 11:10 | £5/£4 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Border Crossings »

Reading: Nancy Campbell, R.A. Jamieson

Sat 7 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic »

A digital installation of Nancy Campbell’s evocative Arctic alphabet

Thu 5 March - Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer


Oqqersuut / The Message

Since I can’t post a letter this far north,
I’m sending you an Arctic snowstorm,
the worst weather London’s ever known:
deep drifts resisting shovel, salt and thaw.

Since I can’t touch your winter skin
I appoint the most delicate snowflakes
to fall into your arms, kiss your cold face
and silence the city I loved you in.

I can’t judge your heart’s temperature,
although I lay out the last glacier
over the miles between us. Don’t you hear
the wind? It calls to know your nature.

It’s warmer than you think, for I have dressed
that wild inquisitor in my own breath.

Nancy Campbell

From Disko Bay (Enitharmon, 2015)