Ancient woodlands are more vital than ever

If “a culture is no better than its woods”, then WH Auden would be rightly disappointed by large parts of the world if he were still with us.  There’d be Romania, one amongst many countries miserably failing to preserve its woodlands, where a violent logging mafia clear-cuts vast and spectacular beech forests irrespective of EU … Continue reading Ancient woodlands are more vital than ever

A Murmuration of Starlings

Although the young man playing crazy golf wore shorts, the day was sharp and shivery on the pier. Glassy March light slid off the waves and broke into bright, glittering shards. Further out to sea, panels of dark grey rain had been hoisted against the horizon, blotting it from view. The arms of the Ferris … Continue reading A Murmuration of Starlings

A World Within Water

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained within water." ~ Loren Eiseley, 'The Flow of the River' Strong and muscular, Otny Thomas stood like a figurehead at the prow of the boat. He had an angel tattooed on his back, and a large centipede inked in a coiled and wavy line around … Continue reading A World Within Water

Irreplaceable: sound recordings and tour dates

This past July I had the great pleasure of recording passages from Irreplaceable around Christchurch in Dorset and on the stunning headland of Hengistbury with friend, musician and sound recordist Matthew Shaw. Utilising the natural sounds of sea, wood, wind, birds and people, we sought connective links between the places written about in the book, … Continue reading Irreplaceable: sound recordings and tour dates

Artwork for Irreplaceable: Interview with Rowena Dugdale

“The landscape here is both wild and uncontainable, but also delicate and full of treasure.” ~ Rowena Dugdale Books act as journeys in the sense of the times, places, ideas and experiences through which a reader voyages, and often they are no less propelling and enlarging of view for their authors. In the years that … Continue reading Artwork for Irreplaceable: Interview with Rowena Dugdale