Prototype with Salon A: Escaping Landscapes, with Chloe Aridjis, Nancy Campbell, Richard Hamblyn, Eleanor Morgan and Leonie Rushforth. Wednesday 15 June 2022, 7pm

When: Wednesday 15 June 2022, 7–9pm

Where: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD


Please join us for an evening of readings and talks from Chloe Aridjis, Nancy Campbell, Richard Hamblyn, Eleanor Morgan and Leonie Rushforth, hosted by Prototype and Salon A:.

Through the work of poets, artists and historians, this event will uncover and explore unexpected parallels and correspondences at the intersection of poetry, art and geology, through a shared interest in shifting scales and perspectives, spatiality and landscapes, and the meandering patterns of language.

The evening will be chaired by poet, editor and translator Astrid Alben.

Astrid Alben is a poet, editor and translator. She is the author of Ai! Ai! Pianissimo, Plainspeak, Little Dead Rabbit and Klein dood konijn (PoëzieCentrum). Her translation of Anne Vegter’s Eiland berg gletsjer/Eiland mountain glacier received an English PEN Translates Award and was published by Prototype in 2022. Alben set up Salon A: with the aim sporadically to convoke human creative kinship, curiosity and unexpected parallels and correspondences.

Chloe Aridjis is the author of three novels – Book of Clouds, Asunder, and Sea Monsters – and, most recently, Dialogue with a Somnambulist, a collection of essays and short fiction, published by House Sparrow Press. She was guest curator of the Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool and has a doctorate in nineteenth century French poetry and magic shows. In 2014 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2020 the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Chloe is a member of Writers Rebel, a group of writers who address the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, and is particularly interested in issues involving animal welfare.

Nancy Campbell is a Scottish writer whose work has been commissioned by the Royal Academy, the British Library and the BBC and, most recently, for a “Songbook of Rare Feelings” performed by Ensemble VONK in the Netherlands. Nancy was the UK’s Canal Laureate in 2018, generating poems and mixed media collaborations around the waterways, and in 2020 she received the RGS Ness Award for her literary response to the Arctic environment, including non-fiction (The Library of Ice), poetry (Disko Bay, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Navigations) and artist’s books (How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic).

Richard Hamblyn is an environmental writer and historian, whose books include The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters; and The Art of Science, an anthology of readable science writing from the Babylonians to the Higgs boson. His most recent book, The Sea: Nature and Culture, was published in 2021. He teaches in the department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

Eleanor Morgan is an artist and writer who explores materials and processes of making across species. This has included serenading spiders, teaching ants to draw self-portraits and making a diamond from the dead creatures of the River Thames. Her illustrated book, Gossamer Days: spiders, humans and their threads (Strange Attractor Press: 2016) tells the history of the human uses of spider silk. Recent exhibitions include ‘100 ways to say we’ (Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021) and ‘Le Mostra della Laguna’ (Sale Docks, Venice, 2021-22). Her work has been funded by the Arts Council England, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.

Leonie Rushforth was born in Ely in 1956. She lives in Hackney. She has won the Keats-Shelley Prize and her poem Church Farm was placed second by Malika Booker in this year’s Poetry London Prize. She has been a judge on the Costa Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize panels and chaired the Forward Prizes in 2012. Deltas is her first collection.