We were delighted to hear that Nancy has just been awarded the Royal Geographic Society’s Ness Award for the popularisation of geography through poetry and non-fiction writing.
It’s an award to recognise extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, policy, and public engagement.
As Canal Laureate, Nancy walked, paddled and cycled hundreds of miles along canals and towpaths in search of a poet’s subjects. She’s written dozens of poems and posts inspired by weather conditions, wildlife, wellness, and the passing of time. Navigations, recently published by Happenstance Press, is a pamphlet of her Laureate poems.
Since 2010 Nancy has also undertaken a series of residencies with research institutions in the Arctic and Scandinavia, resulting in several projects responding to the environment and water conservation. Her publications include a cultural history of ice, The Library of Ice: Readings in a Cold Climate (2018), Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016 and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2017) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic (winner of the Birgit Skiöld Award 2013).
The Poetry Society is planning an online event based on Nancy’s canal experience – more details soon!