Writing in the Environment: Rob Cowen & Linda Cracknell, Guest: Roseanne Watt

Writing in the Environment: Rob Cowen & Linda Cracknell, Guest: Roseanne Watt

Date(s) - Mon 9th Sep - Sat 14th Sep, 2019
All Day

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

Voicing the Land

For some writers, landscape and a sense of place is as animate and important as their narrators and characters. With the Great Glen, Abriachan Forest and other varied landscapes on the doorstep, Moniack Mhor is ideally placed for exploratory outdoor workshops. This course will encourage you to discover new layers of character, story and mystery in the land and how to communicate this engagement to readers, whether in fiction or non-fiction.

Rob Cowen is an award-winning writer, journalist and author of the acclaimed Common Ground. In 2012 he won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors for his first book Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild. His second book, Common Ground, was shortlisted for the Portico Literary Prize, Richard Jefferies Society Prize and the 2016 Wainwright Prize, as well as being selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ in the Times, the Independent, The Sunday Express and featuring in the Guardian’s Top Ten Readers’ Choice. Common Ground has now been translated into German, released in America and adapted into a live music and spoken word show with musicians Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting. Rob writes for the New York Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph and the Guardian, and has created radio documentaries for the BBC.

Linda Cracknell has published two collections of short stories, Life Drawing (Neil Wilson Publishing, 2000) and The Searching Glance (Salt, 2008), and a novel, Call of the Undertow (Freight, 2013). She writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 and the ‘walkhighlands’ online magazine. Her non-fiction narrative, Doubling Back: Ten paths trodden in memory (Freight, 2014) was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She teaches creative writing in workshops across Scotland and internationally and lives in Highland Perthshire. www.lindacracknell.com

Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. She is currently poetry editor for The Island Review and was the winner of the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film) and runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. In 2018, Roseanne won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. She lives and works in Edinburgh.



Tim Dee is no longer able to attend as guest.


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