Liz Lochhead opening the festival with ebullience and tenderness -
Alice Oswald standing in the darkened church and, in spite of the cold and the hornet in the microphone, delivering her poems steadily and bringing us all together;
Long captivated by the solid yet impermanent nature of ice, by its stark beauty, acclaimed writer Nancy Campbell sets out from the world’s northernmost museum – at Upernavik in Greenland – to explore it in all its facets. From the traces left by the great polar expeditions to ancient scientific texts in the Bodleian Rare Book Room, and from Scottish curling rinks to the ice houses of Calcutta, she examines the impact of ice on our lives at a time when it is itself under threat from climate change. The Library of Ice is a fascinating and beautifully rendered evocation of the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet, and of a writer’s quest to define the value of her work in a disappearing landscape.