Nancy’s writing has been commissioned by arts and literature organisations including the Royal Academy of Arts, Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, Situations, Write Queer London and the British Academy. Some recent publications are listed below.
Nancy regularly contributes feature articles and reviews to the Times Literary Supplement, The Island Review, Printmaking Today and other magazines.
How Poets Write Letters
Times Literary Supplement, 2017
Review of several critical and creative publications on letters. In the 25 January print edition, or online.
Bacon / Freud: Selected Graphic Works
Marlborough Fine Art, 2017
Introduction to the graphic work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Catalogue available in print and online here.
No More Words for Snow
Uncivilised Poetics, 2016
Essay on poetics and preservation in the Arctic. Read online at the Dark Mountain blog.
From Belle Epoque to Brexit
Bankside Gallery, 2016
Introduction to the catalogue of the National Original Print Exhibition.
The Play of Light and the Action of Shadows
Royal Academy, 2016
Co-author of Bill Jacklin: Graphics, a new and authoritative catalogue of the artist’s prints.
Sculptors in Print
Marlborough Fine Art, 2016
Catalogue essay for an exhibition of graphic work by Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra and Kiki Smith.
The Big Read: Poetry on Ice
Feature describing life as Writer-in-Residence in the far north of Greenland. Read in the 15 January edition, or online.
Times Literary Supplement, 2015
A column about sharing a small Icelandic town with a TV crew filming the Nordic Noir TV drama Ófærð (‘Trapped’). Read in the 19 June issue, or online to subscribers.
Death of a Foster Son
Essay on the relationship between humans and polar bears in the Arctic. Read online here
Preface to the book by Hormazd Narielwalla, an artist revitalizing bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns as unique paper collages.
The Art of Losing
Island Review, 2014
Two features: an interview with the artist/explorer Emma Stibbon RA, and an essay on her work.
The Library of Ice
Terrain, 2014 (Winner of the Terrain NonFiction Contest)
‘This beautiful, contemplative essay turns the pages of the world backwards’—Julian Hoffman. Read online here
Names for the Sea
Kunstlerhaus Dortmund, 2013
Catalogue essay for the exhibition Voyage: Sea journeys, Island hopping and Transoceanic concepts.
Dr Freezelove and His Amazing Orchestra of Deep Ice Cores
Situations and Spike Island Associates, 2012
Essay commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in response to Alex Hartley’s artwork Nowhereisland.
Bird Editions, 2012
A record of daily life in the Danish hamlet of Doverodde. This illustrated ‘diary’ took the form of a blog before being published in book form.
Héðinsfjarðargöng: A Slow Understanding
This essay considers the Icelandic relationship to rock, and the cultural significance of new road tunnels being drilled through mountains in the north of the island. Read pdf here
Arctic Arts Blog
Huffington Post, 2012–13
Several reviews of work in response to the polar regions by contemporary artists and writers. Read online here
Corpses, Cairns and Carrier Pigeons
Postcards and Letters: Beyond Text, 2011
Essay on the forms of correspondence used by Arctic explorers, presented at the Postcards and Letters: Beyond Text conference, University of Sussex.
The Blue Notebook, 2009
Essay on the history of typographic representations of sign language. Read the pdf here
Between the Lines
Review of Landmarks, an edition of Dan Pagis’ poems by printmaker Lynne Avadenka. Read it online here