This story was written while I was the Northern Short Story Festival’s Writer in Residence at Middleton Park in Leeds.
The Fence essay: State Of Nature
Something is wrong in the Robert Macfarlane Extended Universe.
It was about quarter to seven on the morning of November 9, 2016. We were crawling through an inch of … More
Review 31 essay: What Are Book Prizes For?
When the most prestigious prize in nature writing appears unable or unwilling to recognise and reward good writing for its own sake, the perception of nature writing as literature is diminished.
New Statesman review: ‘Greenery – Journeys In Springtime’, Tim Dee (Jonathan Cape, 2020)
Even before this spring is done with we can say that the genre is unlikely to furnish a richer reading experience than Greenery this year.
Literary Review review: ‘The All True Adventures (and Rare Education) of the Daredevil Daniel Bones’, Owen Booth (4th Estate, 2020)
This is a novel that surprised me first by existing and then by being not only funny – and it is very funny – but also strangely, desperately moving.
Short story: The Berg
First published in Unthology 11 (2019).
TLS essay: Little Parishes Of Sky
A square mile of sky is, of course, what you make of it.
New Statesman essay: Nature Writing’s Fascist Roots
Eco-fascism is a modern-day ideology, fuelled by the internet, but its roots are deep – and often forgotten.