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18th May 2020 - 23rd May 2020
How can we refresh our seeing and ‘green up’ our writing? What is nature writing, and how does it differ from, say, a field guide to orchids? We’ll think about the self and the subject and how to balance the two, and explore how to write positively about wildness at a time when the natural world is so vulnerable. Paying attention is a kind of love, and our efforts begin here: getting down first words in the wild (notebooks and close looking) and then moving on from field observation to sentences and more. Nestled in deepest Devon countryside, Totleigh Barton in May is a feast for nature writers. Bring outdoor kit if possible, and be prepared to look at a hedge or a tree for long enough to feel it looking back at you.