Category Archives: Wildeasters

A Relationship with Rock.

Molly Shrimpton explores her experience of rock climbing, and what it has taught her about the natural world and our place within it.  I am not a good climber. In fact, for a long time I was distinctly unwilling to … Continue reading

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A group dérive

Returning to Epping Forest: A different view Unlike John Clare I am returning willingly to Epping Forest, coming back to my roots from where he walked away. He was unrooted in my childhood forest, unsure of his mind’s wanderings. Then … Continue reading

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Epping Forest – in the footsteps of Clare

Liam Xavier and fellow Psychogeography students lose themselves in Epping Forest in pursuit of John Clare. Photos © Ben Thomas.  Wednesday 15th March  saw a class of Psychogeography students attempt to follow in the footsteps of poet John Clare through Epping Forest … Continue reading

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Ornith-ology: The Poetry of Birds

James Canton finds a variety of ornithological offerings in this celebratory anthology produced by Poetry Wivenhoe and Mosaic, Colchester’s Poetry Society Stanza Group. As humans, we are drawn to birds. We delight and wonder in their ways and we have done … Continue reading

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Wild in Manchester

Recent MA Wild Writing graduate Tilly Renyard recounts the nature lost and found in her move from Essex to Manchester. Photo of a common darter ©  Tilly Renyard. There is a lot to be said about what is wild in Manchester; in part it … Continue reading

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Litle Baddow – retracing Baker

Heidi Crowell and the MA Wild Writing group head to the Essex village of Little Baddow on the trail of J. A. Baker. Photos © Ben Thomas. The MA Wild Writers were off out again on a field trip on Wednesday 23rd … Continue reading

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Walking the Sailor’s Path

Helen Chambers walks the Sailors Path from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh, and the sea, on one of the coldest days of the year. Photos © Helen Chambers. The East Suffolk Line passes through the loveliest countryside in the region, in my opinion, and … Continue reading

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Falsely remembered beasts

Ahead of Remembrance Day for Lost Species on 30th November, Miranda Cichy reflects on extinction, mourning and memory. The Dodo The Dodo used to walk around, And take the sun and air. The sun yet warms his native ground— The … Continue reading

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Arboreal: A Collection of New Woodland Writing

Stephen Rutt finds both a hopeful and elegaic picture of British woodland in the latest release from Little Toller. Photo of book jacket from http://www.littletoller.co.uk; photo of Wivenhoe Woods © Stephen Rutt. Last week walking by the River Colne, I came across … Continue reading

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The Moth Snowstorm: an environmental call to arms as powerful as Silent Spring

MA Wild Writing course director James Canton finds a vital environmental message at the heart of Michael McCarthy’s The Moth Snowstorm. [This review originally appeared on The Conversation on 25 October 2016]. There are few more pressing 21st-century issues than the threat to … Continue reading

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