Helen - In our special festive edition of Naked Oceans as we bring you our guide to ocean-friendly Christmas presents.
So far we’ve had a virtual piece of coral reef, and a sustainably sourced pet fish. Next I want to suggest something for book lovers – and art lovers – and poetry fans (so you’ve got many bases covered with this one). It’s my favourite ocean book of the year, a beautiful retelling of Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Illustrator Nick Hayes has produced a stunning graphic novel that places this thoroughly modern mariner on a park bench, talking to an office worker about his adventures in a sea of plastic.
I won’t give away too much – just to say that Nick’s artwork is exquisite – all in shades of blue, it echoes the Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai – and he uses it to sculpt a powerful message about the changing oceans… and there’s a fair bit of science in there too.
I especially liked the cameo played by the much-missed Roger Deakin and an appearance of sculptor David Nash’s ash dome. You’ll have to read it to find out more.