Nature Writing: Kathleen Jamie & Mark Cocker, Guest: Linda Cracknell

Nature Writing: Kathleen Jamie & Mark Cocker, Guest: Linda Cracknell

Date(s) - Mon 30th Apr - Sat 5th May, 2018
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Transcribing the Tangible

Nature writing involves filtering your feelings for the life around through your observations and knowledge. But how do we observe and what do we look at? And how can those experiences then be turned into poetry or prose? The aim is to explore not just nature and wildlife, but also language and the ethics of writing about a world we have so diminished. Come with your boots and binoculars, and a yen to go outside, to write and discuss all these issues in detail.

Kathleen Jamie’s poetry collections to date include The Tree House and The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize. Her latest collection The Bonniest Companie won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year 2015. Kathleen also writes non-fiction, including the highly regarded essays in Findings, and, more recently, Sightlines.

Mark Cocker is an author, naturalist and environmental activist who writes on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media including The Guardian, New Statesman and Spectator. His ten books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. His latest are Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet and Birds and People, which have been shortlisted for six literary prizes. Crow Country was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and won the New Angle Prize 2008. His new book Our Place is an examination of the British environment and comes out just a few weeks before the course starts.

Linda Cracknell’s writing has a strong concern with place and landscape. Her last two books are Call of the Undertow, a novel about a freelance cartographer who exiles herself to a sparsely populated coastal area in Caithness and whose fate becomes entangled with an unusual child, and Doubling Back: Ten paths trodden in memory, a book of essays about walks she’s taken which evoke former stories, walkers and ways, described as ‘a winning combination of memoir, travelogue and literary meditation’. She writes regularly for the WalkHighlands website.
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