Or both? If a book talks about the natural world but only in relation to other social issues, should it fall under a different heading altogether? And that admiration is what makes nature writing so special.
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For me, that is what makes people read articles and buy books. Writers are influenced by the world around them. What that also means is that anybody can be a writer. Because everybody has a story to tell. Those feelings of wonder and delight are what fuels writers of the natural world. For more information visit www.
She is inspired by innovative storytelling, and has worked in public relations, bookselling, events management and TV scouting. She was the literary editor of Elle , and set up her own bookshop and creative agency while living in Berlin.
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As a black woman interested in writing about the woods, Mckenzie must also face the extremely white world of publishing. Ethnic minority nature writers are a vanishingly rare species. Mckenzie quotes Marvin Rees , the mixed-race mayor of Bristol. Institutions and organisations have to be willing to address it, just like the Forestry Commission has tried by picking someone like me, who probably seems very foreign to lots of regular readers of nature writing. Forests continue to inspire a new generation. And nature writers who have celebrated woodlands include Richard Mabey and Roger Deakin , who planted a bower of ash trees before he died.
Take a human narrative and apply it to the forest — you get war, tragedy and comedy in all the same way. I hope it will illuminate the forest and make people aware that we are nature. Francis is one of a new generation who was spotted online. An editor at Bloomsbury was so impressed by a blog she wrote on foraging that they published her full-length debut, Food You Can Forage, last year.
Credit to the publishers who are trying to be aware of more equal representation among their readers.
Francis will create illustrated panels of woodland scenes for her narrative poem, reflecting the fact that she is also an artist who returned to painting the natural world when she discovered nature writing during her MA. She has drawn chapter illustrations and the gorgeous front cover for her second book, Dark Skies , which will be published this autumn. For Francis, time in the woods will be welcome respite before the publication of Dark Skies and preparing for her wedding this summer.
Ultimately, both Francis and Mckenzie detect a nourishment in the woods that is universal to the human species. Being out in the forest reminds me to nurture myself. Tomorrow morning the trees are still going to grow, the sun is still going to shine and I can get up and try again. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
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