The island of Porosaari in Finland is where Patrick Barkham opens his recent long read for the Guardian about the vexed issue of man's inability to share the spaces in which we live with wolves. The population of the feared yet little understood native canine is on the rise across Europe. Culling is seen as one answer; education is another.
Mysterious audio-visual project inspired by the Nordic landscape of the Finnish archipelago.Read More
Inspired by a visit to the Finnish archipelago.Read More
We love Tove Jansson here at The Island Review. We've previously featured Klovharu, the island on which she spent her summers, as well as an exhibition to celebrate her 100th birthday. So we were delighted recently to spot this lovely appreciation of Jansson's cartoons on the (rather excellent) Paris Review site, written by Sheila Heti.
"Jansson suggests that everyone may have a life to which they are most suited, in which they can be most happy (maybe not completely happy, but happy enough) and that once they have found it, the only things that result from trying to be even happier are absurd and humiliating capers that return them exactly to where they were before."
To read the full article click on the photograph.
Jordan Ogg speaks to the Shetland artist about her work, inspired by northern landscapes.Read More
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth, the ICA in London is hosting an exhibition about the life and work of Moomins creator Tove Jansson.Read More
For nearly 30 years, Tove Jansson, artist, creator of the Moomins and writer of wonderful fiction for adults, spent her summers on the island of Klovharu, in the Pellinki archipelago, Finland. She lived there with her partner Tuulikki Pietilä, in the only house on the island. Klovharu was both inspiration and refuge for Jansson, and it provided the setting for her brilliant novel The Summer Book.
You can find out more about Klovharu, and about Tove Jansson herself, on this excellent website, which also includes a gallery of her artwork as well as information about her family and extensive travels.
You can have a virtual tour of Klovharu on Youtube, including a look around the cabin in which Tove and Tuulikki lived.
You can also listen to Jarvis Cocker reading the Moomin story, The Spring Tune.
Tove Jansson's books are available online here.