2018 new books

Meanda Books will publish three new publications in 2018 as the culmination of Tracey Warr’s work in the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology research project:

Turquoise 20970-dd-246-HiRes copy 4Meanda and other stories

Paperback ISBN 9780995490215

ebook ISBN 9780995490222

publication date 15 January 2018

Includes revised, expanded version of Meanda, a future fiction novella about an ocean exoplanet, together with The Exoplanet Song, and future fiction stories where Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in tales of hybrid species wet body technologies. Spitting fish, spiders’ sticky lines, snail slime, inking squid, blowing whales, and singing dolphins, mix with human earswax, scabs and tears in stories of emotions and interactions in the Chthulucene*.

[Image: James A. Hudson]

256px-river_meander_outside_of_kobuk_valley_national_park_8029767491Confluences and Meanders

Paperback ISBN 9780995490239

ebook ISBN 9780995490246

publication date 15 January 2018

A non-fiction book that takes a line for a swim and meanders through a stream of consciousness on our relationship with water and language. Includes Warr’s research on aquatic scifi and aquatic flora and fauna, and The Liquid Dictionary which draws inspiration from Georges Bataille’s Critical Dictionary and Gaston Bachelard’s writing on water.

[Image: National Park Service, Alaska Region [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons]

idaA Book of Odd Creative Writing Exercises

Paperback ISBN 9780995490253

ebook ISBN 9780995490260

publication date 15 January 2018

Techniques that Warr has evolved to generate and edit writing over the last few years for use in writing workshops, or for the individual writer. Including Writing in the Vicinity of Art, Map Writing, Carrier Bag Narrative vs Prick Tale (after Le Guin and Haraway), Table Writing, Confluence Chalkings, Taking a Line for a Walk, Writing with Water, Twittering, Moving Writing Around.

[Image: Ida Larsen in Tracey Warr’s Writing with Water Workshop]

All three books are co-produced by HIAP. They were developed during Frontiers in Retreat residencies with HIAP on Suomenlinna island, Finland; with Centre d’Art i Natura in Farrera, the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain; and with Jutempus, Lithuania. Meanda and other stories was also assisted by a Literature Wales Writers Bursary supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales. Meanda and other stories is based on a novella originally produced with Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou Cajarc for the Exoplanet Lot exhibition (2016) in French and English. This new edition includes a substantially revised and expanded English version of Meanda, together with other previously unpublished stories.

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* see Donna J. Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

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Meanda novella published for Exoplanet Lot exhibition

Meanda CoverMeanda [French Edition, 2016] is a novella written in English, and published as an ebook in English with a French translation. The exoplanet, Meanda, is 90% water. Vast oceans are dotted with archipelagos of mountainous islands, where rivers meander to rejoin the sea. A human expedition arrives to establish an escape settlement for a few hugely wealthy people. The environment on Earth is seriously degraded and civil society is in rapid decline. The expedition’s instrumentation tells them that the exoplanet does not have any higher intelligence life-forms ….

The novella was written during a residency at Maisons Daura in Saint Cirq Lapopie in the Lot Valley in France. The Lot is the most meandering river in France. The ebook was published as part of the Exoplanet Lot exhibition organised by Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Cajarc.

A daily twitter version of Meanda ran July-September 2016 on @Meanda55555.

Fragments of the text were installed on the GR36 long-distance footpath between Saint Cirq Lapopie and Bouzies where it runs beside the river Lot.

And see Exoplanet Lot on Facebook.

Meanda est une nouvelle écrite et publiée en anglais, traduite en français. L’exoplanète Meanda est composée d’eau à 90%. Des archipels montagneux sur lesquels serpentent des rivières parsèment de vastes océans. Une expédition humaine débarque afin d’établir une base pour quelques habitants extrêmement aisés. L’environnement naturel s’est extrêmement dégradé sur Terre, et la société civile montre un déclin inéluctable. Les appareils utilisés révèlent aux membres de l’expédition que l’exoplanète n’abrite aucune forme de vie intelligente…

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