Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Wild Frontier #9: Foraging in spring

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My latest Wild Frontier column for Prospect magazine acts as a beginner’s guide to foraging in spring, a time known formerly as the ‘hungry gap’ – when winter root vegetables were going soft or sprouting, but before fresh crops were ready to be harvested. (They couldn’t have picked a worse time to be threatening a no-deal Brexit, and ‘living off our own land,’ in other words.)

Full text can be found on the Prospect website here, or after the fold. Continue reading

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In Residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation

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I’ve been excitedly settling in to my modernist ‘treehouse’ for a month-long stay at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher, Switzerland, where I am a writer in residence over May.

It’s a wonderful programme – offering a beautiful library, accommodation and the time and space to write – and I was especially lucky, because my current book project Islands of Abandonment fell into their special concentration in nature writing.

If you are a writer or translator (and especially if you have an interest in writing about the environment, human impacts or sustainability), I highly recommend applying. It’s been fascinating to meet writers from all over the world (France, Spain, Korea, America…) and it’s an opportunity too for me to brush off my schoolgirl French.

Applications for next year open summer 2019. Find more information here.

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