World Book Night

Library and gallery scenes taken from China Miéville’s short story ‘Watching God’ have been recreated in Found on the isthmus, a World Book Night exhibition.

The story, from the collection Three Moments of an Explosion, provided the inspiration for a multitude of responses via text, word, image, and bookbinding.

Submissions, including work by Su Fahy of the University of Wolverhampton, were framed in junk shop finds and are on display until the end of the month.

A video and collaborative artists’ book Their Eyes Were Watching God’ will also launch for World Book Night. There’s also an Instagram archive of all contributions.

Su Fahy, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 2018
Mixed media: small assemblage comprising found sepia photograph circa 1940’s, recycled collaged letters, small gold oval picture frame, text excerpts on recycled paper with gold pen.


This is the eighth World Book Night United Artists project, which sees an open public call for artworks or texts.

Previous artists’ books include BOOKISHNESS (2017), Serena Joy (2016) in tribute to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Post Office for Charles Bukowski (2014).

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals.

This year’s books are:

Kith by Jo Bell (Nine Arches)
Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake (Orion)
Open by Gemma Cairney (Pan Macmillan)
Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole (Headline)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin)
After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne)
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Vintage)
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)
Gilded Cage by Vic James (Pan Macmillan)
The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson (Cornerstone)
Satellite by Nick Lake (Hachette Children’s)
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Bonnier)
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood (Michael Joseph)
Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Cassava Republic)
My Everything by Katie Marsh (Hodder)
One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus (Penguin Random House Children’s)
At My Mother’s Knee by Paul O’Grady (Transworld)
The Recovery Letters, Olivia Sagan & James Withey (Eds.) (Jessica Kingsley)
The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson (Head of Zeus)
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Penguin)
What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren (Scribe)
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman (Piatkus)
Carry on Jeeves by PG Wodehouse (Cornerstone)


Found on the isthmus
until April 30
UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton
Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT, UK.

Banner image: Gen Harrison