Nancy Campbell writes poetry, art criticism and narrative non-fiction. A series of residencies with Arctic research institutions between 2010 and 2017 has resulted in many projects responding to cultural and climate change in the polar regions and water conservation. She is currently working with the Canal & River Trust and The Poetry Society as the UK’s Canal Laureate.
Nancy’s first 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 and the 2017 Michael Murphy Memorial prize. Her next book, The Library of Ice, a blend of cultural history, nature writing and memoir, will be published by Scribner this autumn. Her many artist’s books include How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet which received the Birgit Skiöld Award, and is now reissued in a new edition by MIEL.
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. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, The Worshipful Company of Stationers, and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, among others.
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.
Nancy was raised in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, and now lives in Oxford. She is represented by the literary agency DGA. Her agent is Kirsty McLachlan.
Photograph of Nancy taken at the Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford during 2018 by Annie Schlechter.