The Polar Tombola

Conceived, produced and performed by Nancy Campbell

The Polar Tombola is a live literature event / art intervention on endangered Arctic language and landscape. It introduces audiences to West Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) which has been assigned ‘vulnerable’ status in UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages in Danger. Players are asked ‘If you had to lose a word from your own language, what would it be?’

Tour Schedule
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead: 18 June 2016
The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London: 16 October 2016
The Polar Museum, Cambridge: 29 October 2016
World Museum, Liverpool: 20 November 2016
Bristol Artists’ Book Event, Arnolfini, Bristol: 2 April 2017

A Book of Banished Words
The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words will be published in April 2017, with contributions from writers and artists including Sarah Bodman, Vahni Capildeo, Will Eaves, Pippa Hennessy, Nasim Marie Jafry, Lisa Matthews, Phil Owen and Richard Price.
ISBN 978-0-9928091-2-6
Price £12

Join us at Bristol Artists’ Book Event for the book launch on 2 April 2017, or pre-order a copy below. You can also support the publication of the book on Kickstarter – click here to see the rewards on offer.

Order The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words by selecting your location from the drop-down menu below. Books will ship on 25 March. Questions? Just contact Nancy.


The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words is also available as a digital eBook (pdf), priced £4.00: