The Water Age books

Meanda Books has published three books as the culmination of Tracey Warr’s work in the Frontiers in Retreat art and ecology research project.

Water Age 1 cover hi res


The Water Age & Other Fictions

Paperback ISBN 9780995490215

ebook ISBN 9780995490222

publication date September 2018

Information Sheet: The Water Age and Other Fictions #1

Available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks





Octavio Paz meets J.G. Ballard meets David Attenborough in these suspenseful, lyrical tales of hybrid species and aqua technologies. ‘Meanda’ takes place on an ocean exoplanet. ‘Asbrú’ tangles in the fronds of Icelandic algae. Other stories explore slime technologies. These fictions are spawned by aquatic flora and fauna, such as spitting fish, inking squids and singing whales, and above all, they are inspired by water itself.

[Cover by James A. Hudson]

Water Age 2 cover hi res


The Water Age Art & Writing Workshop

Paperback ISBN 9780995490239

ebook ISBN 9780995490246

publication date September 2018

Information Sheet: The Water Age Art and Writing Workshops #2

Available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks

The Water Age #2 Supporting Materials



The art and writing workshops in this book engage creatively and playfully with the possibility that we may be living with more water in the future. The topic of water is explored through writing and art exercises that include aquatic biomimicry inventions, writing with maps, drawing inspirations from Vikings and taking watery words on adventures.

[Cover by James A. Hudson]

Water Age 3 cover hi res


The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops

Paperback ISBN 9780995490253

ebook ISBN 9780995490260

publication date September 2018

Information Sheet: The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops #3

Available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook and iBooks

The Water Age #3 Supporting Materials



The water you drink has been through the bladder of a Tyrannosaurus rex and many other places. The water on Earth is 4.4 billion years old and came here from outer space. The octopus has three hearts and its eyes can look in two separate directions.

What other facts can we find out about the behaviour of water?

What can we learn about aquatic flora and fauna?

What imaginative ideas can we have about living with more water?

The Water Age Children’s Art and Writing Workshops is a book for teachers, artists and writers who are working with children aged 8-11. The workshops focus on water and contemplate a possible future when we are living with more water.

The art workshop suggests drawing and painting waterscapes, building waterscapes in the classroom or playground, designing and making models for water living, creating simple films about water living. The writing workshop helps to develop a story about a future watery world, and suggests performing and recording a story, creating an exhibition or broadcast, or turning a story into a book.

[Cover by James A. Hudson]

The Water Age books series by Tracey Warr is co-produced by HIAP. The books were developed during Warr’s 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, and as part of projects undertaken with MAGCP, Cajarc and Allenheads Contemporary Arts. The Water Age and other Fictions was also assisted by a Literature Wales Writers Bursary supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.





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…