We are shaped by our landscapes. They might be green or grey, wide-open or built-up, they might be here or there or anywhere, we might not have chosen them, we might not love them, we might not even like them, but they shape us, no less than we have shaped them.
Short story: ‘An Oologist’s Orkney Journal’
A short story written in 2022 for BBC Radio 4.
Short story: Mr Cromerty Of Boston
A Christmas short story written for the Liars’ League in 2018.
Prospect essay: How northern is the northern novel?
It’s easy to conflate the content of the northern novel with some sort of communal voice of the north. But the novelists’ north is not the same as the north that people actually live in.
New book: ‘The Jay, The Beech And The Limpetshell’
Finding Wild Things With My Kids. Out now from Icon Books.
TLS review: ‘Journeys To The Other Side Of The World – Further Adventures Of A Young Naturalist’, David Attenborough (Two Roads, 2018)
The subtitle here is something of a misnomer: as with Attenborough’s previous volume, Adventures Of A Young Naturalist, the emphasis in these travel journals from the 1950s and 60s is as much on varieties of human culture as on non-human natural history.
Review: ‘Goshawk Summer – A New Forest Season Unlike Any Other’, James Aldred (Elliott & Thompson, 2021)
This is one of the first nature books of the Covid-19 pandemic and it will be surprising if it does not turn out to be one of the best.
Short story: Hannah Rensenbrink’s Postcards From Qasigiannguit
A story first published in The Lonely Crowd.
Essay from ‘Songs Of Place And Time’: A Peregrine’s Eye
We have a peregrine now. It makes me think again about place and scale.