The Hunting of the Snark
by Lewis Carroll
I have been fascinated by The Hunting of the Snark for years and very nearly got a version accepted for trade publication in 1998 when I first began writing and illustrating full time. In 2006, Donald Kerr – through the Printer in Residence Progamme at the University of
Otago Library – at last gave me the opportunity to collaborate with Tara Mcleod (printer), Inge Doesburg, Jenna Packer and Kathryn Madill (printmakers) and host of other contributors in producing this unique little publication.
solar-etched triptych of the expedition ship “snarked” in Otago Harbour accompanied by sheets containing pop-out, card/images of the twelve characters from the poem.
Illustratively, the concept was that the reader should stand up each character in front of the
diorama cover as he (or it) was introduced by Carroll in the poem and perhaps move them around
in that imaginary space if and when it was deemed appropriate. (As much of the edition went to Carroll collectors however I suspect many of these card sets remain intact and the true drama of
the reading has yet to be felt) The set also included an individual, randomly selected, solar-etched print one of the characters for the purchaser to personally identify with.
More recently I have embarked on another project concerning the poem with the working title,
“The Snark and the Jabberwock”