Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Please join Carcanet Press
to celebrate the launch of The Owner of the Sea: Three Inuit Stories Retold, the new collection by Richard Price. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poet, David Kinloch, joining Richard to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. Also showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
(Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.)
In re-telling the Inuit sequences included here, Richard Price opens out remarkable northern vistas and unfamiliar narratives, strange gods and unforgettable characters.
Carol Rumens described Price as a poet who is ‘brilliant quietly: inventive, sometimes dazzling, but never merely showy’: precisely the talents for rendering, rather than appropriating these great story-cycles of Inuit culture.
Here we learn of ‘Sedna the Sea Goddess’ and ‘Kiviuq the Hunter’, the central protagonists of the book’s remarkable stories. They are rich in extraordinary incident. In Sedna’s world women can marry dogs and have half-puppy, half-human children; birds beat their wings so hard they call down a storm on a fugitive kayak; walruses originate from – well that would be telling. Each story-cycle abounds in natural wonder, celebrating our creaturely relations with our fellow inhabitants of land and sea. ‘The Old Woman Who Changed Herself Into A Man’, a short narrative, bridges the major sequences, telling the story of an older woman and a younger one who become lovers in the isolation of their remote home.
Important Information re Booking
Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact Carcanet.
Please also be aware that clicking ‘attending’ on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place – you must complete the Zoom registration
About the Speakers
Richard Price has published over a dozen books of poetry since his debut in 1993, including Lucky Day (2005), which was a Guardian Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Since then, every Carcanet collection he has published has been shortlisted for a major prize. In 2012 his poem ‘Hedge Sparrows’ was chosen to represent Team GB in the Olympics project ‘The Written World’. A year later, Small World, won the Creative Scotland Award in his home country. It was followed by another Guardian Book of the Year, Moon for Sale (2017). His poems have been widely anthologised and he has been translated into French, Finnish, German, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is a short story writer and novelist, and the editor of the little magazine Painted, spoken. He is the lyricist for the musical project The Loss Adjustors. He is Head of Contemporary British Collections at the British Library, in London.
David Kinloch is the author of four Carcanet collections including Un Tour d’Ecosse (2001) and In My Father’s House (2005), and of many critical works in the fields of French, Translation and Scottish studies. In 2004 he was a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award and in 2006 held a Scottish Writers’ Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. He was a founder editor of the poetry magazine Verse and has been instrumental in setting up the first Scottish Writers’ Centre. His latest Carcanet collection, In Search of Dustie-Fute, was released in August 2017.