Sunday, 30 October 2022

Imminent 6 red hot

It's Autumn and Imminent 6 has arrived.

As the seasons turn red, we remember the heat of the summer months, wild fires and record temperatures, and welcome the coolness amongst the autumnal colours. Imminent 6 has a feeling of time passing, colours fading, changing light, and the knowledge embedded within the grains of a piece of wood or in the connections of an ecosystem.

Imminent 6 is printed in red, with images by me and Saintly Amok, and poetry by contributors from both sides of the North Atlantic once again.


Chris Turnbull's notes from recently respond to the lifelong knowledge of a Greek beekeeper. The poems take their own shape, working visually across and between pages as much as through the words. Chris has a fascinating ongoing project, rout/e: poetry found in place, which you can visit at this link.

Rupert M Loydell's An Interpretation Beyond Understanding inspired my own writing. I placed his poem in the centre pages where, in my imagination, it acts as an anchor around which the other pages circle. I thought about the understanding in our own bodies, and wrote a piece with Saintly Amok in response to the way she understood the knowledge contained in her woodblock. 

You can read more of Rupert M Loydell's work in 2 free ebooks: Answers That Theory Does Not Allow and From Dipstick Apocalypse. Rupert also edits Stride magazine. 

Saintly Amok is holding a sharing knowledge event as part of her residency at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, on 1st December: An Infinite Gift, Seed Sharing Event.

Andrew Taylor and Mark Goodwin close the issue with writing that draws us into the next season but brings with us the memories of what has just gone. Andrew has a new book out with Leafe Press, Northangerland. Mark's latest chapbook, to 'B' nor as 'tree', is just out with intergraphia books.

I hope you enjoy the warmth of this issue.

You can buy red Imminent 6, and past issues, online from the Shop page of this blog. Thank you.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Imminent 5 What the Tide Does

Imminent 5 is a collaborative issue. The work is the result of a long distance conversation between me in England and Robert Hogg in Canada, which started in 2021 with swapping poems, books, stories and ideas between us. When Robert sent me the poem that inspired this issue, I found that I read it again and again, each time finding more in the words, and it set me off on my own research and lines of thought. All this seemed worthy of creating an issue with just Robert's poem, and my images in response.

The to and fro of our email conversations echo the two and fro of the poem in Imminent 5:  Robert Hogg's poem, What the Tide Does - Port Mann Bridge makes the main text of the publication. Inspired by this, and my own research of the Port Mann Bridge over the Fraser River in British Columbia, I created a series of images to accompany the poem, and put them together to create the fifth issue of Imminent.


Robert and I have reflected on the colours of the issue - I chose blue and yellow which, since I made that decision, has come to have another meaning worldwide in the light of the war in Ukraine. The colours were chosen for how they work together visually, and how they overlap to create a third colour, green - which can be achieved using the riso printing technique that I use for the zine. The first page of the poem talks about colours (colors in Robert's spelling! I chose to stay with the authenticity of the Canadian spelling rather than change it to my English), so it felt important that my first decision was about colour. The chosen colours can denote sky, water, sunshine, land - the colours of landscape. Some of my images intentionally bleed sky, water and land together, which, having read about the flooding of the fierce and tidal Fraser River, expresses how I think of it - a living, changing, yet ever constant force that shapes its land and the lives around it. All these ideas, and more, are woven into the issue.

Printed on recycled paper using plant based riso inks, I hope you enjoy the issue, which can be ordered from my shop page. Imminent 5 is selling quickly, so do grab a copy while you can.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Fruit Routes in the Festival of Ideas

I'm delighted to be making something for Fruit Routes Loughborough again, the artist-led project to create an edible campus at Loughborough University. This year we are celebrating ten years of the project and it's part of the wider Festival of Ideas: Transitions. Details are in the flyer below - I hope some of you can join us.


Saturday, 9 October 2021

Any minit

I wrote to Robert Hogg to let him know that copies of Imminent were on their way to him, over in Canada. He emailed back with a poem, which made me laugh, copied below. (Another of Robert's poems is included in Issue 4 of the zine, which you can order from my shop for only £3).


Imminent 4 is imminent! (for Jo Dacombe
Any minit
in a mint
Altoids are
one time
in Wales
now eminently
imported by
from who
they'll fall
to my tongue so
Curiously Strong
or so it says
on the tin
they could be made
in China or
or simply fall
from stars

All proceeds from the zine support the printing costs of the next one. There will be more from Robert in future issues that I'm planning, so do sign up for updates or subscribe to make sure you don't miss them. 

Thank you for your support for the zine, for poets and artists who contribute, and for caring about the natural world.

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Imminent 4

IMMINENT issue 4 arrives for October, printed in a peachy orange as the autumnal colours begin to appear.

The orange issue is held together by ideas of time and landscape: seasonal change, endurance walking, times of day, eons of land formation and climate change. Visit my blog shop to order or subscribe.

The poets included also have publications out currently, so you can visit more of their work at the links below.

Phil Hall's latest chapbook, The Ogre, is by Trainwreck Press, and features Phil's artwork assemblages on the cover, which I find intriguing.

Robert Hogg's chapbook, A Quiet Affair Vancouver '63, also by Trainwreck Press, and of which I have a copy. The poem has a sense of time as the narrative unfolds gradually, and is set in the past with a photo of a very young Bob Hogg on the cover. I'm delighted to be working with Bob on a collaborative piece for a future IMMINENT.

Gerrie Fellows has a poem that appears for The Hunterian and you can read it online.

And my good friend Mark Goodwin's first chapbook to be published in North America is Erodes on Air, where "we are invited into a landscape of stone and snow warmed through with wit 
and Goodwin’s singular eye for the world and ear for its song",
by Middle Creek Publishing.

IMMINENT 4 also includes artworks by Helen Goodwin, Peter Griffiths and me.


You can order a copy from my blog shop, or subscribe to two issues per year, only £8.80 including p&p.

Thank you for your support.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Imminent 1, 2, 3

IMMINENT is the little zine I started in March 2020 as a response to concerns about nature and the environment. Numerous excellent artists and writers have contributed to date, and their generosity has kept my creative brain moving, for which I am most grateful.

Making the zine has become a process of reciprocity. Artists and poets have sent me their words and images, and gradually, as I sift through these wonderful gifts, themes and threads have emerged. I take these threads and respond to them with my own words and images, and eventually curate it all together into a small collection of creativity, woven together and presented in one dominant colour (the colour also suggested by the content) in a riso printed booklet.

I have loved making it, and loved the new connections it has enabled me to make with other artists and writers, many of whom I have only corresponded with and never met. I hope I will meet them all one day.

I would love you to have the zine, and so I have made it as affordable as possible. The cost only covers the printing and distribution, the rest is made by generous creativity and the love of sharing. I hope you enjoy it.

Red - Issue 1 - the material world

Blue - Issue 2 - ice and water

Green - Issue 3 - the other-than-human

forthcoming is:

Orange - Issue 4 - landscape and time

I am also working on a collaboration with Robert Hogg from Canada, inspired by a poem he sent me. The zine is being created as a result of our correspondence between Canada and England, and will span time and distance, memory, imagining and journeys.

There are a few copies of Issues 1 and 2 left. You can purchase Issues 1-3 for £7+p&p or individual issues for £3+p&p.

Read past posts of this blog to find out more about each issue.

Thank you for reading.


Friday, 23 April 2021

Imminent green (Issue 3)

The Imminent green issue gives thought to wildness - not the remote kind of wild of the wilderness, but the everyday wildness that is all around us and bumps up against our domestic lives. Industrialisation has brought us to where we are, exploiting all that nature has to offer, and the issue considers the notion of slowing down, and how to re-wild whilst acknowledging that we cannot turn back time. Poetry by Deborah Tyler-Bennett reflects on the impact of our first childhood encounters with wild creatures; Gerrie Fellows wonders at the objects that creatures leave behind; Mita Solanky retires an industrial wheel from its place of work and returns it to nature. With other contributions from Penelope Shuttle, Carole Miles, Andy Postlethwaite, Chris Turnbull and me, Jo Dacombe, we hope you enjoy the May issue of Imminent green. 

You can order the green issue below, or click subscribe for an annual subscription of two Imminent issues per year.