Photograph by Alexander Maris, 2008

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Alec was selected for the Northern Print Biennale (26 June – 04 August, 2009), where he will be showing his collaboration with Jo Salter, Specimen Colony.

Home to a king (3) nest-boxes can now be seen in Durham University Botanic Garden (County Durham), Brogdale farm (Kent), Springburn Park (Glasgow), George Square Gardens (Edinburgh), Cove park (Scotland), Killhope Lead Mining Museum (County Durham), and St Andrews Botanic Garden, and will be launched in Yorkshire Sculpture Park in spring 2010. These feature poem-clues composed on the names of British tree species. The nest-boxes are painted in colours specified from leaves. The project will be documented in a forthcoming book. As with Specimen Colony, the nest-boxes are available as free downloadable card cut-outs.

Alec is currently presenting various multiples at Ingelby Gallery (Edinburgh), including book and cabinet versions of Mesostic Remedy. Other recent publications include Mesostic Tea (one) published by Slack Buddha Press; Mesostic Tea (two) available free from Painted, Spoken (number 19, 2009); and the forthcoming booklet of poems, Says You (Oystercatcher Press).

The audio the printed path, a poetry reading at Tate Britain for Film and Video Umbrella, is now available. A new sequence of photographs of the Hill of Streams letterbox walk by Allan Pollock-Morris can now be viewed, and a new audio work made in collaboration with Susan Maris, featuring the renga word-map of the walk and field recordings of the River Dalwhat and burns that flow into it.

Alec has recently contributed a previously unpublished poetic work to the global project Beam Me Up (2009 – 2010), commissioned by The poem posits a question regarding the origins of the universe.

This summer Alec is working on a collaborative renga ‘word-map’ of The Peak District National Park, for re : place. His moon-gate and other landscape interventions for Springburn Park will be launched in July; and interleaved, a permanent installation for Edinburgh University Library, which opens in September.

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