For 2018, the World Book Night United Artists issued an invitation to read and respond to the short story ‘Watching God’ in the collection Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. There were many ways in which readers could respond to the text, through word or image, bookbinding, or even raft building. Artists sent in contributions from Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK and USA.
The image and text submissions were printed out and framed to display in the manner of the library and gallery scenes in the short story, at Bower Ashton Library. Frames to house the submissions were gathered from second hand shops, left dusty, and dented, as if these pieces on display had just been unearthed from another time and place.
All 50 submissions are on show in an exhibition from 1st – 30th April 2018 in the study area at Bower Ashton Library, Bristol. The images on this page are a selection of works from the exhibition. All of the submissions can be found on our World Book Night 2018 Instagram page created by Chrystal Cherniwchan.
Contributors to the exhibition and book are: Alex Goodman, Andrea Robinson, Angela Thames, Angie & Si Butler, Anonymous, Arra Stoneglade, Bernd W. Plake, Carmen Garaghon, Caroline Case, Cathey Webb, Cathryn Miller, Charlotte Hall, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Corinne Perry, Corinne Welch, EAK Enterprises, Erin K Schmidt, Eva Hejdstrom, Gen Harrison, Gwen Simpson, Hannah Sackett, Hazard Press, Helen Westhrop, Jayne Marshall, Jennifer Evans, Jill Lauriston, Julie Caves, Karen F. Pierce, Kate Bernstein, Ken Humphreys, Lee Shearman, Leonard McDermid | Stichill Marigold Press, Linda Parr, Mike Clements, Miranda Harris, Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Philippa Wood | The Caseroom Press, Rachel Marsh | Semple Press, Richard Shipp, Roy Willingham, Ruth Broadway, Sara Elgerot, Sarah Bodman, Sharon Hall Shipp, Su Fahy, Sumi Perera, Tom Sowden, Virginia Bridge, Zelda Velika.
Our World Book Night 2018 artist’s book, published (23/04/18) is a paperback ‘ur-text’ in keeping with the contents of the town’s library. The title of our book is Their Eyes Were Watching God – the book searched for but never found.
You can order a copy of the artist’s book here.
Video photography by: Ali Hurley, Angie Butler, Si Butler, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Corinne Welch, Kate Bernstein, Linda Parr, Sarah Bodman, Simon Smith, Virginia Bridge, Zelda Velika. End scene video by Ali Hurley. Music written and performed by Simon Butler & Simon Smith.
With thanks to North Somerset Council and Weston super Mare Library for filming/photography, and Rebecca Weeks for excursion guide duties.