NonfictioNOW 2017 – Off-Venue Events – Environment, Memory & Things

09:00 - 21:00

NonfictioNOW 2017 – Off-Venue Events

Screening at the Nordic House: Environment, Memory & Things – a video installation by Leila Philip and Garth Evans.

In 2012, Leila Philip and Garth Evans set out to challenge themselves as artists. Philip, an award-winning prose writer, wrote poems. Evans, an internationally renowned sculptor, made watercolors. Water Rising tells the story of this remarkable collaboration. Philip’s realist poems—about nature, beauty, love, and loss, set amongst Evans’ abstract, deeply hued, layered watercolors, create a book which is more than just a gorgeous read and a visual feast. What emerges in this book is a stunning and original collaboration, which, as Worcester Art Museum Director, Matthias Waschek, points out in his introduction, extends how we think about the relationship between painting and poetry.


Saturday, June 3, 11:40 am–12:20 pm.

Environment, Memory & Things

Artist talk by Leila Philip in connection with the screening of the video installation by Leila Philip and Garth Evans.


NonfictioNOW off-venue events at the Nordic House are open to the public and free of charge. For further information about the conference and to register, go to


Tickets to the keynote addresses on 2 and 4 June by Gretel Ehrlich, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Wayne Koestenbaum—three of whom will take part in the authors’ evenings at the Nordic House—are available at (Tickets for one keynote: ISK 1,000. All four keynotes: ISK 3,000).


NonfictioNOW, held at the University of Iceland and Harpa Concert and Conference Center, June1-4, 2017, is a biennial gathering of nonfiction writers, teachers, readers and students, highlighting the myriad forms of nonfiction. Founded in the US in 2005, this is the first time that the conference takes place in Europe.