Nancy’s poems have been widely published and anthologised, and broadcast on BBC R3 and R4. Her first poetry collection, Disko Bay, published by Enitharmon Press, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016 and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017. Carol Ann Duffy writes ‘Disko Bay is a beautiful debut from a deft, dangerous and dazzling new poet writing from the furthest reaches of both history and climate change.’
Nancy is currently working with the Canal & River Trust and The Poetry Society as the UK’s Canal Laureate. More about this project on the Waterlines website.
Some recent publications are listed below.
Christmas Lights: Ten Poems for Dark Winter Nights, Candlestick Press, 2018
A poem commissioned for the seasonal pamphlet. Available here.
Reading the Water
In Transit: Poems of Travel, The Emma Press, 2018
An anthology edited by Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs. Available here.
The Omnivore in Some Cannot Be Caught: The Emma Press Book of Beasts, 2018
An anthology edited by Anja Konig and Liane Strauss, and illustrated by Emma Wright. Available here.
Sonnet Fatigue and The Wanderer
And Other Poems, 2017
Two new poems published online here.
The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words
Bird Editions, 2017
A catalogue of the live literature event The Polar Tombola, with contributions from Vahni Capildeo, Will Eaves, Richard Price, and other writers and artists. Available here.
The Wood In Winter
Candlestick Press, 2016
This seasonal pamphlet includes ‘Seven Words for Winter’ alongside an essay by John Lewis-Stempel and poem by Jackie Kay. Available here.
Anthology of the Sea: poems for a voyage out
The Emma Press, 2016
‘William Scoresby Dreams of his Wife Mary Eliza…’ is included in an anthology edited by Eve Lacey, available here.
Forward Arts Foundation, 2016
Commissioned for National Poetry Day 2016, ‘Satellite’ considers the messages Antarctic researchers send home. Watch and listen here.
Enitharmon Press, 2015
Nancy’s debut poetry collection. Shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016 and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017. Available here.
Proverbs of Water
Dark Mountain Journal, 2014
A poem written during a residency at Doverodde Book Arts Center in Denmark. Available here
The Hunter’s Wife becomes the Sun
Candlestick Press, 2014
‘The Hunter’s Wife becomes the Sun’ appears in The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Six) edited by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Available here
How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic
MIEL editions, 2014
A concrete poem on the vanishing languages and landscapes of the Arctic (first published in a letterpress-printed edition). Out of print. View pdf from Australian Poetry Journal
Z’roah Press, 2013
This poem about the Greenlandic language was published as a limited edition artist’s book designed by Roni Gross and sculptor Peter Schell. Nominated for the MCBA Prize 2013. Available here
The Third Thing
The Old Stile Press, 2013
A translation of an Anglo-Saxon riddle from the Exeter Book in an anthology of writing on water, illustrated by Ralph Kiggell. Available here
Seven Words for Winter
Included in Ice: Contemporary and Traditional Poems for the Festive Season, an anthology ‘about winter, snow, ice and everything frosty’. Available here
The Night Hunter
Z’roah Press, 2011
This poem about Greenlandic culture was published as a limited edition artist’s book designed by Roni Gross and sculptor Peter Schell. Available here
Three translations from Qavak, an extinct Greenlandic dialect, which were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Read them online here
Photograph of Disko Bay © Peter Abrahams