Tanimbar Islands Website

Recently, I’ve been working through the final proofs of my travel memoir, Stealing With the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia, and the book is coming out from Haus Publishing in a couple of months’ time. But I’ve also been taking time out from proof-reading to re-build from scratch my website about the Tanimbar islands, Tanimbar.org.uk.

I set up the website long before I planned to write the memoir, as a way of sharing the research report that I wrote in Tanimbar back in 1995. There’s not much information out there on Tanimbar, so it seemed a shame to let the work go to waste and leave it mouldering in a drawer. Occasionally, thanks to the site, I’ve received messages from people who I knew in Tanimbar in the 90s, or who are Tanimbarese, or who have other connections with the islands. And it has been very good to maintain this connection. But I think I first built the website some time in 2006; so twelve years on, it was in bad need of a facelift. The old site was cramped, hard to update, and the design a bit murky.

The original site was built using Textpattern (a fine piece of software, although I rarely use it these days). As a part of the refresh, I’ve migrated the whole thing to WordPress, updated the images, and given it a bit of a smarter look. Now that it is easier to edit and update, I’ll continue to add to it from time to time.

The link to the website is HERE.

Sneak Preview of Stealing With the Eyes

I’ve just finished the final edits for travel memoir, “Stealing With the Eyes“, and the book is coming out from Haus Publishing in May 2018. I thought that in advance of the publication, I should post a a sneak preview of some of the images from the book over on my Wayward Philosophy blog. There are some images of the sculptors that I met in the Tanimbar islands, as well as of the work that they produced. Head over there to take a look!

Stealing with the Eyes – out in May 2018

I’m very pleased to see the cover of Stealing with the Eyes, my memoir of anthropology and Indonesia, due out from Haus Publishing in 2018.

The cover image is a photograph I took of Saumlaki harbour in Tanimbar back in 1994. I dug it out of a shoebox and scanned the transparency.

Stealing with the Eyes
Stealing with the Eyes

I’ll say more about the book closer to the publication date. I’ve set up a page for it on this website, although it is currently a bit skeletal. The book is also available for pre-order, including from Amazon.

Tanimbar Medicine in Unmapped Magazine

I’m absolutely delighted to say that my essay on Tanimbarese medicine has been published in the wonderful Unmapped magazine. The essay is about witchcraft, possession, strange octopi that lurk in the stomachs of their victims and crazed Indonesian nuns with syringes. Unmapped is available by subscription, for £2 a month — and it’s a wonderful publication, so do think about signing up.

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