One for those of us who love tales of the natural world, and who enjoy seasonal woodland walks when things lie deep and crisp and even. John Lewis-Stempel’s The Wood in Winter is a beautiful piece of nature writing about the life of a wood in bleak midwinter, tying in old festivals and traditions which are so weighted with meaning at this time of year. He writes about why being in a wood in winter strips us to our essential soul, and how close encounters with the animals who thrive in this hard season remind us of our own deep connection to the earth.
“A wood on a winter’s eve, no matter where you are, when the snow is falling through the trees, is existence stripped back to the elements. It is the Ice Age returned in miniature.”
John Lewis-Stempel is an award-winning writer known for his books on nature and history. He lives in Herefordshire where his family have been farming for over 700 years.
Poems by Nancy Campbell and Jackie Kay.
Nancy Campbell (b. 1978, UK) has conducted residencies at ecological and research institutions in Iceland, Denmark and the US, and is a Hawthornden Fellow. Her books include The Night Hunter (2011), Tikilluarit(2013) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic (2011), which received the Birgit Skiöld Award; her translations from Greenlandic have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Jackie Kay (b1961) was brought up in Glasgow. Her books include several poetry collections including Off Colour (1998) and Darling: New and Selected Poems (2007). She has also written the novel, Trumpet (1998), and several collections of short stories. Her memoir, Red Dust Road , about meeting her Nigerian birth father, was published in 2010.
Illustrations including cover by Angela Harding.
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