Book Arts

BOOK ISH NESS – World Book Night project 2017

“Although there have been quite a few books written on the subject, really we know very little.” NESSIE, Seven Years in Search of the Monster, Frank Searle Monster-Hunter Extraordinary, Coronet Books, 1976.

For 2017, our tribute is to all the weird and wonderful, scientific and practical, believing and sceptical endeavours recorded in publications about the Loch Ness Monster – hence the apt title of BOOK ISH NESS created by Linda Parr.

On 10th March 2017, a research party of 13 members met at Fort Augustus, Scotland. The Loch Ness Investigation Bureau (officially formed in 1961 closed in 1972) was rebooted in early 2017 after a myriad of monster sightings in lakes, rivers and seas from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, to Germany and The Netherlands, and even in Minnesota and New Jersey, USA.

The LNIBR research team had five days in which to conduct their investigation of Loch Ness, keeping watch day and night. A fortunate encounter with naturalist and Loch Ness researcher Adrian Shine of The Loch Ness Project in Drumnadrochit offered insights for the team’s quest and is acknowledged with grateful thanks for the sharing of his expertise.

Our artist’s book, investigation report BOOKISHNESS is supplemented by the many sightings recorded and printed in the publication. These sightings were sent in by individual witnesses and will over time be validated by stringent testing by the LNIBR.

Alongside photographic evidence, we have published for the first time, a bibliography of new editions on the subject of the Loch Ness Monster sent in by authors and the general public. Bernd W. Plake who travelled from Germany to participate in the expedition returned to write this ‘LOCH NESS (NESSIE)’ verse.

Ahlrich van Ohlen, Anne Byron-Hehir, Angela Thames, Angie Butler, Bernd W. Plake, Carmen Garaghon, Cathey Webb, Chloe and Sally Alexander, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Clare Wyatt, Corinne Welch, Daniel Lehan, Eva Hejdström, Gwen Simpson, Helen Allsebrook, Imi Maufe, Irmari Nacht, Janet Allsebrook, Jeff Rathermel, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Lauriston, John Bently, John Ford, Julie Caves, Karen Apps, Karen F. Pierce, Kate Bernstein, Ken Humphreys, Leonie Bradley, Linda Parr, Mel and Stephanie Turnbull, Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Mike Clements, Mike Nicholson, Nancy Campbell, Rai Marie, Richard Shipp, Sara Elgerot, Sarah Bodman, Sasha Andrews, Sharon Hall Shipp, Si Butler, Simon Smith, Stephen Fowler, Su Fahy, Sumi Perera, Tom Sowden.

The images and videos here offer some insights into our scrupulous investigation, and are published to celebrate World Book Night on 23rd April 2017.

An in-depth interrogation of the mystery of Loch Ness
by the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau Rebooted 2017.
BOOKISHNESS Video on Vimeo.

The ‘BOOKISHNESS’ publication launched at Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE) 1st and 2nd April 2017 at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK. A copy of the publication was sent to each contributor, the remaining copies are long gone but you can download a free pdf version here.

Thanks to Morag’s Lodge, Bunoich Brae, Fort Augustus for hosting our expedition.