Today I bought a new notebook. I am ready to anchor words on its pristine pages to set all my dreams to sail.
Best Green Library Project this year is the Canopée Mediathèque in Paris, France. It was awarded as a pilot project – to try out how to be a sustainable library without a special budget for that, so that the lessons learned could be implemented in the entire Paris library network
“Together” is a keyword for the Missoula Public Library. Not only the structure of the building is made up of elements inspired by the surrounding nature, put together, but also the library itself implements a visionary idea: to gather various organizations under the “hat” of a public library.
I have to admit that for a long time I was afraid to read it. I learned to swim after reading Philip Hoare’s previous book. What would be waiting for me now?
Next year will mark 10 years since the Brooklyn Public Library launched a community studies project, collecting, recording and digitally storing the stories of residents of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The ambitious and at the same time intimate project “Our Streets, Our Stories” is easily accessible to every citizen of the world on the interactive map.
This material first appeared on the Library Portal on September 20, 2022, in Latvian. I interviewed Mark Aaron Polger as an editor of…
A few days ago, on August 26, I celebrated my 38th birthday. I was 30 and pregnant with our second…
Yes, I know, I already told you that Sea Library books are listed now on a wonderful library app. It…
Interview with the creators of Future Library in Oslo, Norway, by Libraries Portal.
I’m reading now mostly on wheels. My copy of “The Island of the Day Before” by Umberto Eco is filled…
Dear readers and sea lovers, I finally have a nearly perfect catalogue to share with you. There are 652 books…
I love to joke that one day the sea invented a job for me. On the fluid line between imagination…
I have dedicated years to this dream for a sea-loving community to have a place of books where everything is…
Here’s a book that I read each night for my boys at bedtime recently. Soon they started to notice that…
I was honored and happy to be invited to participate in Coastal Connections’ seminar Coast as Muse on February 3.…
2021 has been a wondrous year for the Sea Library which is just 3 years old. I have bought and…
I have wonderful news and a gift for the Kids Sea Library this Christmas: I have created a lovely online…
With Christmas just around the corner, the Sea Library has new postcards, drawn by the amazing artist Katrīna Ģelze. I…
Traveller and diarist C.C O’Hanlon spent most of the first half of his life at sea aboard a variety of…
The sea is not made of water. This is a challenging phrase, isn’t it? It is also a title for…
Last week I finished an order of ten bookmarks for a lovely little shop in the Azores, Portugal. While I…
This summer I adopted a seahorse named Namid or the Star-Dancer in Chippewa Native American. The Short Snouted British seahorse…
“For many centuries, people marveled at the seahorse’s eccentric profile, wondering why they look the way they do, where they…
“Becoming an aquanaut is a little bit like becoming an astronaut,” says Fabien Cousteau in an interview for Kids Sea…
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau is written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Eric Puybaret. Originally released in 2008,…
Oceans cover 71 percent of the world’s surface, but humans have only mapped less than twenty and explored about five…
“Space exploration and underwater exploration are very similar,” says Sergio Gamberini in When I Grow Up interview. As a manufacturer…
Dear friend, I want to tell you about one find. It was an overcast February morning. I threw my bike…
“Beachcombing became on of the children’s favourite things to do. Searching, wrecking, treasure hunting,” writes Lisa Woollett in her book…
To return to books I was reading when I had just started my secret-at-first affair with the sea, feels special…
Ancient Greeks believed that sea was a place of no return. The sea made unwanted things disappear, it was an…
On a cold, clear blue morning I fastened a sun bleached piece of wood to my bicycle and rode it…
Dear friend, What’s your journey home? This week I was thinking about mine. Greek hero Odysseus sailed to his homeland…
Homer’s horrible creatures, Scylla and Charybdis, keep re-appearing in many stories of the Sea Library. One of the books with…
This week I have embarked on a dangerous journey: I am looking for Scylla and Charybdis in the Sea Library’s…
She was sailing the Baltic Sea, when I noticed her wooden boat Larry in the online sea of Twitter. A…
You probably have heard an idiom “being between Scylla and Charybdis” which means to choose the lesser of two evils.…
Dear friend, What do you think about when you hear a phrase “flowers and the sea”? First of all, I…
“In both my painting and my writing, I create worlds of the imagination. I transform ordinary reality into a reality…
This week I am looking for flowers in pages of Sea Library’s books. As a farewell to summer, also as…
“It was then ten in the morning; the rays of the sun struck the surface of the waves at rather…
Seven friends are together since nursery: Bernard, Jinny, Louis, Neville, Rhoda, Susan and Percival. Nursery is located right by the…
I spent hours and hours with my flowers this summer. I had planted in the soil so many seeds and…
“Children create miracles when they read.” – Astrid Lindgren “‘I’ve got special powers,’ she smiled.‘All this is down on me.I’m…
Any plans for this Sunday? My beloved Sea Library will be featured on “Open Book” @ BBC Radio 4. Tune…
Since the grown-up Astrid lived in Stockholm she was not able to enjoy nature all the time, but she could travel there in her imagination. That’s how the story about Ronia began – with a longing for the forest.
Stars shine upon the good deeds as in the last few weeks lots of people have asked me if there are any ways how to support the Sea Library.
Sea Library is a dream world I have created in our old wooden house, standing for a century on a dune peninsula between river and sea. For three years the doors of the library are wide open for books about seas and curious readers to come and go. To support what I do, I weave. If you will buy a woven bookmark, you can be sure that a new book will be bought and added to the unique watery collection.
On July 2, sixty years ago, American writer Ernest Hemingway shot himself. Among all else he left a nearly finished book.
Rachel Carson’s seminal ‘Sea’ trilogy – “Under the Sea-Wind” (1941), “The Sea Around Us” (1951), and “The Edge of the Sea” (1955) – has been reissued by Canongate in the publisher’s modern classics series, ‘The Canons’. The beautifully-produced paperbacks – each a celebration of the sea told through poetic nature writing – include a full set of integrated illustrations and a pertinent new introduction by Margaret Atwood.
No need for birthday gifts. Sea Library is the best gift I could ever wish for. Happy birthday!
Sea Library lives on a peninsula between the river and sea. After seven days by the sea, I’ve gathered talismans now from the riverside. It is Lielupe River, second largest in Latvia, and one of the slowest. I’ve grown to love this river, one hundred steps from our wooden house and the library.
Seven seas is a figurative term for all the seas of the world. To cross the seven seas means to sail them all, to sail to the most distant coast. But the only sea and the only coast that means all the world’s treasures to me is my Asari beach three miles from my bed. I cycle there to gaze, to swim, to take notes and guess birds. I collect talismans as if they were clues and try to untangle the secret of the sea…
“Saving American Beach” tells an important and inspiring story. The illustrations by Ekua Holmes are a work of art. I think this could be the most beautiful book for kids in the Sea Library. Mixing painting and collage each spread is vibrant and full of life. Perfectly mirroring the unique and powerful personality of MaVynee Betsch.
Children’s books on the shelves of the Sea Library bring tides of illustration. In “A Book About Whales” by Andrea Antinori you will find exquisite pencil-drawn whales, a beautiful pakicetus, the first cetacean that walked on land, and so much information told in a fun way.
“What is a River?” is a gentle gem, telling you a layered story about a river. “The river glimmers in the shade, reflecting trees and flowers. It has hidden depths beneath its surface. Just like people. “River, who are you? Grandma, what is a river?” The book tells you that river is a thread, a journey, a meeting place; that river is home, a name, a history and a mystery.
A beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects, and a fascinating study of big business afloat, “Down to the Sea in Ships” by Horatio Clare is a moving tribute to those who live and work on the great waters far from land.
I was honoured to be invited to write a piece for A La Luz about the Sea Library. My essay is about clocks and sea, and my dad’s thumbnail. A La Luz is an important and visually stunning online platform created for art and culture in a time of crisis. It is a compendium of creative responses to climate change. Happy to be a part of it now!
“The Little Book of Swimming Safely: Incomplete Advice for Wild Swimmers” was written last year in the middle of the pandemic with closed public pools and a huge increase in the number of people heading to rivers, seas and lochs near home. Even before lockdown swimming throughout the year in wildness had become more and more popular. Cold water swimming is beautiful, healthy and also dangerous. This little blue book comes in handy.
Erin is fascinated by the legend of Black Rock. It is huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy boats. But are the tales really true? One day Erin sneaks on board her mother’s fishing boat to find out.
“Be careful when opening this book,” writes American author Lewis Buzbee in an added letter, “inside is a tiny sliver of wood, which is a veneer from the original planking of the Western Flyer, the boat Steinbeck used for this journey.” Gifts like these make me a grateful and happy sea librarian.
I am happy to announce that brilliant Robert Caskie is my agent and that I am writing a book about my road to the Sea Library. I can’t believe to see my name among writers I admire! It’s time to set sail…
Beautiful new book for kids in the Sea Library. “Meet me by the Sea” is written and illustrated by Taltal Levi who was born in Israel and currently works and lives in Switzerland. From a young age she used drawing as a tool to liberate herself from reality’s hardships and dullness.
“Surf, Sweat and Tears: The Epic Life and Mysterious Death of Edward George William Omar Deerhurst” by Andy Martin has arrived in the Sea Library. Finally!
Sea comes back closer again, ice melts, and a silver cover appears. There are not so many books that I am afraid to begin because who knows where will I become stranded this time. “Albert and the Whale” by Philip Hoare is published in March, 2021.
What happens to abandoned places when nature is allowed to reclaim its place. A unique book “Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape” by Cal Flyn, published earlier this year, has reached the Sea Library thanks to the generosity of Iain Rousham from England.
A book I didn’t know existed until I received it as a gift from Jean Wilson in Christmas. Henry Beston’s nature writing classic “The Outermost House” turned into a beautifully illustrated book “The Fo’c’sle” for children. Nan Parson Rossiter is the author of text and drawings.
How to draw water? “The Mousehole Cat”, written by Antonia Barber and illustrated by Nicola Bayley, is a beautiful example to explore. It has become a Christmas tradition in Cornwall to re-tell the story of a brave old fisherman and his cat Mowzer who saved their coastal village.
“And she recounted her adventures until the starfish came out and the anemones fell asleep.” A gorgeous book for kids by K. G. Campbell will take you to the underwater world of Neptune’s daughters. One of the mermaids, Minnow, wants to find her purpose and has so so many questions.
It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia’s daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot. Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined.
Book chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.
In her new book “Fifty Words for Snow” Nancy Campbell digs deep into the meaning of words for snow from all around the world – each of them offering a whole world of myth and story.
Surf’s up! Mrs. Armitage and her dog, Breakspear, paddle out to surf the Big Wave. Soon the kindly Mrs. Armitage notices that Breakspear’s little legs are getting tired–so she swims off and returns with an inflatable desert island for him to rest on.
Sail along five mighty rivers around the world and open up the giant fold-out pages to reveal incredible stories from history, mythology and modern times.
“The Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955–1958” is written by Ronald Blythe and published in paperback by Faber & Faber…
Grāmatā “Ukujali dzelmēs zivis dzied” poļu rakstnieks, žurnālists un dabas pētnieks Arkādijs Fīdlers 20. gadsimta 30. un 40. gados vairākas reizes dodas zooloģiskā ekspedīcijā uz tolaik maz izpētīto Amazones baseinu.
There are some summers, like there are some waves, that can never be forgotten. Hannah has dropped out of university to learn how to ‘walk on water’. At Ruben’s Cafe at the end of the Peninsula, she meets Jake, who has demons of his own and dreams of surfing the night. They come from different worlds but what brings them together is a love affair with the sea.
In September 1926 Henry Beston went to his new summer house on Cape Cod for a couple of weeks but stayed there for a year. It resulted in a book.
I wrote a 100-day diary this summer, from May 27 to September 4, choosing one swim each day to write about in around one hundred words. Here are five from the documented dips in river Lielupe and the Baltic Sea.
“The sea is the outer limit of my small world, both boundary and destination. A psychological motif and upholder of the evidence of human disrespect for the planet on which we live.”
“Sea Lights” by Ruth Symons and Carolina Rabei is a magical seaside storybook about a little girl and her fisherman dad out there at sea at night.
“You only have to sail by the stars once or twice for that connection to remain with you for the rest of your life,” writes Adam Nicolson.
“Every swim is a challenge to my mortality and my stupidity. They become ever more extreme with every season and every place,” says Philip Hoare. He swims before dawn.
“The sea begins with the stars,” wrote Charlotte Runcie. More words about the night sky and moon and sea from Henry Beston, Emily Brontë, Iris Murdoch, Tove Jansson and others.
“Just breathe and let those waves pass. Like the ocean, your mind is always changing,” says mum to her boy in a wise and beautiful book written by Jaimal Yogis and illustrated by Matthew Allen.
“Looking back, I see that jellyfish came to me at a unique moment in my life,” writes Juli Berwald in her book “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone”.
For the shelves in the Sea Library to be filled with new books, I’ve learned to weave on a large wooden frame, my loom. The second dreaming blanket is inspired by a book on Iceland.
Julia Baird chooses phosphorescence as a perfect metaphor for “flashes of life in the middle of the dark, or joy in difficult times.”
Virginia Woolf, Anton Chekhov, Rachel Carson, Herman Melville, Iris Murdoch, Oscar Wilde, Mary Oliver, Tim Winton, Albert Camus, Chloe Aridjis and other writers about the sea.
“When I waded out in the lake on the evening of my birthday I tried to imagine my ancestors living by this same lake thousands of years ago.”
In a book for kids “Town is by the Sea”, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Sydney Smith, a boy awaits for his dad to return from a dark coal mine deep under the sea.
For the shelves in the Sea Library to be filled with new books, I’ve learned to weave. “Dreaming blankets” are made out of wool and their colours are inspired by books in the library.
Godrevy Lighthouse was built in 1859 on Godrevy Island in St Ives Bay, Cornwall. It inspired Virginia Woolf nearly one hundred years ago and appears in Jennifer Edgecombe’s poem today.
Charlie Connelly wakes up “ridiculously early”, listens to the shipping forecast on the radio and goes for a swim in the English Channel. One day he decides to continue to swim in winter too.
“We know so little of the worlds beneath our feet.” In Italy, Robert Macfarlane descends to see a starless river with black dunes on its shores. It has remained almost unmapped to this day.
“If we can still learn from the ocean and its creatures, then we are not lost,” says Canadian author Laura Trethewey in an interview about her debut book “The Imperiled Ocean” and a new one she is working on right now.
“Sometimes when I’m near water I can switch off and appreciate the beauty of it all, and in much of my painting I hope to convey this feeling. But at other times, I can’t help but fear the ocean’s power, and regret the damage we’ve done.”
Create your own UNREAL ESTATE collection of coastal houses in literature, and note that there are only 50 copies of each signed, numbered and framed drawing and some have already found their new homes in UK, Ireland and Latvia.
As a companion piece to the third of our essays by Anna Iltnere about literary seaside houses – The Easternmost House – we present an interview with Juliet Blaxland.
“Severnside: An Artist’s View of the River Severn” by Carolyn Black is a love letter to a river in drawings and texts. “The story is tidal, the river, like spinal fluid, flows between the banks.”
A beautiful, wise and summery book “Mop Rides the Waves of Life” by writer and surfer Jaimal Yogis has arrived in the Sea Library. Mop loves to surf but struggles with mood swings until his mum shows that it is possible to surf those waves too!
In the third of a series of essays on seaside houses from literature, Anna Iltnere takes us to The Easternmost House Juliet Blaxland’s book of the same name. “On a stormy night, sleeping at the Easternmost House is like sleeping in a boat.”
“To have feelings for the natural world, we fundamentally need contact with it, something which is itself imperilled as we’re continually losing places of importance from our surroundings,” says British writer Julian Hoffman in an interview about his book “Irreplaceable”.
The year 2020 marks 75 years since Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson wrote her first story about the Moomins. To celebrate the anniversary, Moomin Characters together with its partners is launching a one-year campaign to save the Baltic Sea from blue-green algae.
“I’ve always found the sea uncomfortable. Its flat horizon, bare dunes, everything in the spotlight of the sun, no shadows to hide in, wind pushing me from all sides and the pull of the waves. I much rather admire its greatness from a hideout.” Katrīna Ģelze
As a companion piece to the second of our essays by Anna Iltnere about literary seaside houses – Quoyle’s Point from “The Shipping News” – we present an interview with Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel.
“I think seeing the stars has probably never been so important. They locate us within the universe, show us where we live and allow us to grasp (even if it is just for a second) the sheer scale of life.” Matt Gaw
In the second of a series of essays on seaside houses from literature, Anna Iltnere takes us to Quoyle’s Point from Annie Proulx’s “The Shipping News”. “No matter what they did to the house, it kept its gaunt look, never altered from that first looming vision behind the fog.”
Illustrated legends of secret gold and sacred animals in a collection of tales of the Amazon Indians.
Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. For this book William Finnegan received 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography.
“As a terrible swimmer, the sea is the only place, strangely enough, that I enjoy splashing about in the water. Swimming pools are too noisy or organised, but La Mer is the place for me to practice my terrible breast stroke.” Jonny Hannah
For Umi, life on the lush and colorful islands of Hawaii is about as average as it can be. As commoners, he and his brothers spend their days weeding the taro field, fishing in the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, and dreaming of the delicious foods and thrilling games that are reserved only for the chiefs and priests. But late one night, when everyone is supposed to be asleep, Umi’s longing for adventure gets the best of him.
Tom Anderson has always loved surfing – anywhere except the UK. But a chance encounter leads him to adventure on home shores. As he visits the popular haunts and secret gems of British surfing he meets the Christians who pray for waves (and get them), is nearly drowned in the River Severn and has a watery encounter with a pedigree sheep. All this rekindles his love affair with the freezing fun that is surfing the North Atlantic.
Kiran and Tom collaborated more than once before, blending their imagination and skills to create unique universes. Even now they are working on a joint book, which is still secret but will feature a lighthouse and a Greenland shark. I interviewed them together, although each was on a different continent when I received their answers.
“Walking by the sea is one of my favourite activities – sounds, colours, smells and temper, always different, always changing, affect me. I’m meditative, exhilarated, reflective, creative. It makes me feel how comforting the change could be.” Elina Ruka
As a companion piece to the first of our essays by Anna Iltnere about literary seaside houses – Shruff End from “The Sea, The Sea” by Iris Murdoch – we present an interview with Miles Leeson, lead editor of the Iris Murdoch Review.
In the first of a new series of essays on seaside houses from literature, Anna Iltnere, founder of the Sea Library on Latvia’s Baltic shore, takes us to Shruff End from Iris Murdoch’s novel “The Sea, The Sea”. Each essay will be about a different house, illustrated by the artist Katrina Gelze.
“Afloat on the afterglow of forbidden energy, texting the celestial canopy above. To sleep on the sea I return to a primeval cradle, a place to rest, not to think, but absorb. Transmuted in dreams I become the ocean.” Angela Cockayne
My interview with English writer Philip Marsden, author of “The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination”, published in 2019 by Granta and available in the Sea Library.
I think I’ve never written anything more personal than this. About being born in the family of artists, about truth that haunts me and my sea-changed compass, and the Sea Library.
Visit the new section to read articles and interviews about the Sea Library in press!
“Greetings from Almaty!” she writes in her e-mail a few days ago. If British writer Caroline Eden is not at home in Edinburgh, she is most probably traveling the roads of Eastern Europe or Central Asia, and her explorations in different cultures have a special kind of prism – food.
Sea doesn’t care and sea doesn’t listen, it just lets me be in her magnificent presence. When I enter the seaside, I enter a different world.
My interview with British writer Stephen Rutt. His debut book “The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds” is available in the Sea Library.
From the opening line—”Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last”—you will know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller and in the company of a fascinating woman hero. Inspired by a brief passage in “Moby-Dick”, American writer Sena Jeter Naslund has created an enthralling and compellingly readable saga, spanning a rich, eventful, and dramatic life.
Do visionaries – artists, writers, musicians, – have a responsibility to give us new languages and tools to actually do something about our deteriorating world? I asked. Artists David Bramwell, Justin Brice Guariglia, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley and Jonathan Meese, writers Jay Griffiths, Caspar Henderson, Dahr Jamail and Barry Lopez, poet Craig Santos Perez, philosopher Graham Harman, and scientist Peter Wadhams wrote me back.
“I have already forgotten darkness,” Adam Weymouth writes after first weeks of kayaking through Midnight Sun in Alaska, following the kings, the salmons, to the Bering Sea. He paddles a bright yellow 18ft glass-fibre canoe down the Yukon, for almost 2,000 miles.
“River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America” is William Least Heat-Moon’s account of a four-month coast-to-coast boat trip across the United States in which he traveled almost exclusively on the nation’s waterways from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
This book is about waves. It is the story of an obsession, a journey through heaven and hell, the clumsy initiation of an outsider, the author himself, into a cult and a culture. It is also an oblique history of the world, a human comedy on waves, that will find an echo in anyone who has fallen prey to the spell of the ocean. Surfing is less a sport than a state of mind, an adventure in mythology, a religion with its own high priests and ritual sacrifices.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn”.
Roger Cox, journalist from Scotland who writes about books, art and outdoors for Scotland’s National newspaper “The Scotsman” has donated a book for the Sea Library – “Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo”. It is written by Andy Martin, British author, academic and retired surfer, and published in 2007.
“Fuck the dry land. I am a mermaid,” she says in one of the first pages. Narrator of Samantha Hunt’s debut novel “The Seas”, originally published in 2004, is a 19-year-old girl, a protagonist with a witty tomboy’s voice, living in a remote, alcoholic seaside town in North America.
Charlotte Runcie’s “Salt on Your Tongue” is a book of stories, legends, myths and songs about the sea, and about women who are left on the shore to take care of the life on land, to wait and hope, while men are in the sea, and about women, who are as dangerous, powerful and mysterious as the sea itself, the mermaids, selkies, sea goddesses and witches.
Skotu rakstnieka Keneta Greiema grāmata “Vējš vītolos” ir bērnu literatūras klasika. Stāsta varoņi ir draugi Ūdensžurks un Kurmis, kuri kopā ar prātīgo Āpsi mēģina pāraudzināt avantūristu un sapņotāju Krupi. “Vējš vītolos” ir tapis no gulētiešanas pasakām, ko Kenets Greiems izdomāja savam dēlam Elisteram.
My interview with British writer William Atkins for The Island Review. His books “The Moor: A Journey into the English Wilderness” and “The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places” are available in the Sea Library.
“Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea” is a monograph, a book of conversations with selected international artists whose work is connected to the sea. In sixteen intimate interviews with curator and book’s editor Jean Wainwright artists reveal how their works came to be and what the lure of the sea means to them.
My interview with British writer Adam Nicolson, author of “Seamanship”, “Sea Room”, “The Mighty Dead” and “The Seabird’s Cry”, I did for for The Island Review. You can borrow these books from the Sea Library.
“The Immeasurable World” by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. Author travels to Oman, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, United States and Egypt. “It was like nothing I had experienced save for being at sea.”
Favourite islands and birds of writers Michael Brooke, Tim Dee, Jennifer Lavers, Amy Liptrot, Adam Nicolson, artist Kittie Jones, and photographer Marianne Taylor in my piece for The Island Review.
My interview with British writer Philip Hoare, author of “Leviathan, or the Whale”, “The Sea Inside” and RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, I did for The Island Review. You can borrow these books from the Sea Library.
One of the most intimate pieces I’ve ever done. I asked writers and an artist, I admire, to show me their notebooks, the diaries of their creative work. Peek and read on The Island Review.
My interview with British writer Caroline Eden for The Island Review. Her beautiful book “Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes Through Darkness and Light” is available in the Sea Library.
Louise Kenward, artist and writer, in a guest post about Helen Scale’s latest book “Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher’s Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything”, where author disputes and demystifies any romantic notions, or fears, the reader has about fish.
There are books that you never truly leave, “The Rings of Saturn” is one of them. Close to impossible to escape the dreamy landscape, that dwells among the pages; it has soaked into my skin and has become part of my thoughts. “The Rings of Saturn” by W.G. Sebald enchants.
The sixth novel by British writer Alice Thompson, “Burnt Island”, kicks literary world wittily in the balls. Although this gothic story can give you shivers, the satiric prose made me laugh a lot. Struggling writer Max Long decides to write his next book with a completely different approach. He will calculate each step to create an easy-to-read bestseller. Max gets a place in a writing residency and travels with a ferry to the Burnt Island.
“All Our Waves Are Water” is a memoir written by American writer Jaimal Yogis, and is his third book. A guy, who grew up with Buddhist-yogi parents, loves to surf, studies journalism and searches for the blissful lining of the thing called life. Rational mind, daily hamster wheel and ego are in one hand, buddhism and meditation in the other. He juggles. The opening line “God is in this book” left me wandering through the first pages suspicious and cautious, but soon the book engulfed me and I could not put it down.
I didn’t just read “Moby-Dick”. I listened to it too. In 2012 an online platform mobydickbigread.com was launched. All 135 chapters and an epilogue can be listened on your laptop or even phone. More then 10 million people have visited it.
Lucy Wood is a British writer from Cornwall. “The Sing of the Shore” is her third book. The sing of the shore is a phrase in Cornish, used by local sea goers. It is the sound made by waves, breaking against the shore and thus giving the experienced fishermen an indication, where they are, when fog or darkness make land invisible. To find a landmark is a silent wish of all the book’s characters. They are haunted by ghosts of the past, unfulfilled dreams and unexplainable phenomena.
What does it feel like to be a seabird? “The Seabird’s Cry”, by a British writer Adam Nicolson, could be the closest we have ever been to imagining the world of a migrating seabird, living above the enormous oceans, breeding, feeding and dying there. Too much dying, in fact, in the recent decades. Only now the veil of mystery of seabird migration has been lifted thanks to the advanced technologies. You become well informed by reading “The Seabird’s Cry”, but the story is told by a poet, so you stay and listen as long as you can.
I love the sea but the sea does not love me. Tim Winton