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"If you could lose one word from your language what would it be?" At events around the UK I have invited members of the public to answer this question. The responses have come back in many languages and different styles of writing. 

As an artist and writer who works with the polar environment, I'm fascinated by the languages of the Arctic, and the traditional knowledge they reveal about polar ecosystems. Since the 1800s, 21 languages have become extinct. Last year I toured The Polar Tombola, a participatory art event to ask the public: what happens when a community begins to lose its words? 

Hundreds of people played The Polar Tombola in cities around the UK, and now I want to bring some of the words they left in my safe-keeping to other readers in a new book, along with texts specially commissioned from seven contemporary writers: Vahni Capildeo, Will Eaves, Nasim Marie Jafry, Pippa Hennessy, Lisa Matthews, Phil Owen and Richard Price. All 128 pages of The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words will be beautifully typeset by Christian Brett of Bracketpress, and full-colour printed on 150gsm Munken Polar by Tompkin Press, Nottingham to a high standard. Photography is by Lucid Plane. 

This crowdfunding campaign will raise funds required for book printing. Other project funding, covering book design and writer's fees, was generously provided by an award from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

This book will take the words back into the world, while the Polar Tombola archive will be preserved in the collections of a major London library for posterity. 

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I am experienced in project managing publications, having seen 10 books through press as publisher, and contributed as writer and editor to many more. The Book of Banished Words is designed and ready for press. You can therefore expect a quick turnaround on your reward.

I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to raise funds for an artist's residency at Ilulissat Kunstmuseum, Greenland. "Icebergs of Ilulissaat" achieved over 200% of its target funding.

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    Gratitude & Souvenir Pencil

    A pencil hand-tooled with "Polar Tombola" motto and a big thank you on social media

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    The Polar Tombola: ebook

    An digital version of the book, emailed to you as a pdf

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    The edible alphabet

    Your name spelled out in hand-made iced alphabet biscuits, delivered overnight to arrive fresh at your table.

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    The Polar Tombola: book

    The first copies of the print publication, signed and numbered by Nancy Campbell

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    The Polar Tombola: book and print

    The print publication, signed and numbered by Nancy Campbell; plus an offprint of one of the seven commissioned texts, suitable for framing, signed by its author.

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    Banish your chosen word

    Did you miss the Polar Tombola events? Want to banish a word of your own? The Polar Tombola will provide a personalised session in which you can add a word of your choice to the archive of abandoned words.

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    Your name in the archive

    The Polar Tombola archive of banished words will be held in a London library for perpetuity. Your name, or a name of your choice, will be embossed on the hand-made case by designer bookbinder Manuel Mazzotti. You will be emailed a photograph and certificate, and invited to view the archive.

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    A live performance

    A performance of The Polar Tombola at your own event, during 2017-2018. The Tombola can be adapted to different occasions: romantic, poetic, political and many other themes. Reasonable UK travel expenses included.

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