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How to say 'I love you' in Greenlandic : an arctic alphabet by Nancy Campbell | 20-Oct-15

Our Poetry Library Open Day 2015 takes place on Sunday 8th November. Find our more here.

The final staff pick from our 2014 Open Day was selected by Library Assistant Saradha Soobrayen. 

How to say 'I love you' in Greenlandic : an arctic alphabet / Nancy Campbell -- Ghent , Belgium : MIEL editions, 2014.


I first came across How to say 'I love you' in Greenlandic by Nancy Campbell at an artist's book fair. I was mesmerized by the experience of handling each hand-printed page, it was like witnessing poetry warming sheets of lucid ice. It was originally conceived during a residency at Upernavik Museum in Greenland and later published by Bird Editions, 2011. The text and pochair images capture a sense of the vulnerability of oral Greenlandic literature and the vastness of the disappearing landscape. It is without a doubt a thing of beauty and can be viewed on request from our Rare Books collection.

The new digitally printed postcard edition, issued by Miel, has forged an identity of its own, not wholly unfamiliar to the original, as the concept of the Victorian postcard was something that had informed the project from the start and the deck of cards continued to be dealt by the artist in the form of single worded postcards sent from Greenland to home.

This portable version only deepens the quiet legacy of an oral tradition, so in tune with its natural surroundings. The incantatory spirit of How to say 'I love you' in Greenlandic, resonates far beyond its scale and form echoing the importance of preservation, generosity and enlightenment.

Saradha Soobrayen
Library Assistant

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