Small Bells Ring is an artwork created by artists Heather Peak and Ivan Morison of Studio Morison, centred on The RV Furor Scribendi, a fully functioning sculptural narrowboat which operates as a living research vessel, housing a floating library of short stories and a retreat for writers and readers.
UK Collection of Short Stories
This is the catalogue of the library, but it’s just to get us started. The boat can hold up to 1000 books and we are constantly collecting. Our curatorial approach is guided by a Star Trek Discovery/Donna Haraway/Octavia Butler/Robin Wall Kimmerer/Victoria Wood approach – and that’s how we decide what matters on most things. Please contact us with suggestions for new books, your favourite short stories or if you would like to donate to the collection. Currently we are a reference library with plenty of lovely places to read indoors and out. If you can’t get to us, do use our catalogue to order your own copy of a book through your local library.
To view the list of books currently in the library
The Library is made up of:
- Short Story books from Lancashire Libraries and Coventry Libraries
- Short story books from every UK Independent publisher. (Let us know if we’ve missed you out!)
- Non-English language books focusing on Tamil, Urdu, Arabic, Romanian and Somalian, (but happy to add more languages to the collection).
- New books from a regular bird’s eye view of what’s missing from a diverse expert bird’s eye mind.
- Recommendations of short story books from anyone, anywhere, please get in touch.
Log Of The RV Furor Scribendi
The Log of The RV Furor Scribendi will keep you updated about the routes, weather conditions, nature spotted, books read, mechanical boat checks, cruising conditions, visitors hosted, readers and writers on board and new ideas grown.
Reading & Writing Residencies
The RV Furor Scribendi holds reading and writing residencies for professional, amateur and new writers and readers. If you are interested in coming aboard, please get in touch with us.
Where Are We?
The RV Furor Scribendi travels at 3 miles an hour max and often stops. If you get in touch, we’ll let you know exactly where we are.
Please check the ‘Log’ and use either Canal Plan or the Canal & River Trust Canal Map to locate us in more detail, as we will be using bridge numbers and lock names. Also, these are just fascinating alternative maps of the UK.
Our schedule is as follows (pending literary diversions, canal navigation closes, interesting people and places, curious invitations, weather and birdwatching)
May – June
Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Rishton and Rose Grove
Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Coventry Basin via Stoke-on-Trent
July – September
Coventry Canal between Hawkesbury Junction and Coventry Basin
September – October
Trent & Mersey Canal between Harecastle Hill and Stoke-On-Trent
Visit The Boat In Coventry
We are inviting families, close friends, couples and small groups to come aboard Furor Scribendi. Located on the Coventry Canal in between Hawkesbury Junction and Coventry Basin, you can drop in to look around, read, daydream and meet artist Heather Peak.
Get In Touch
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