Category Archives: Wildeasters

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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Wild Writers in the field

Students of the Wild Writing MA at the University of Essex enjoy spending seminars outside the classroom as well as in it. In the video below, students brought examples of nature writing to share with the group in the beautiful Colchester … Continue reading

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The turning time of year

Cycling the same route each day, Ruth Bradshaw maps changes in the trees of South London. It’s the turning time of year, time to turn back the clocks and turn on the central heating.  All around me, as I cycle to … Continue reading

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The River

On the Wivenhoe Trail, Barbara Claridge watches the tide at the place where “sea and land meet.” Photo © Barbara Claridge. Location: Latitude 51.8686; Longitude 0.9442 Date: 12th October 2016; Time 16:08; Temperature: 14° C The tide low and the shadows long: I … Continue reading

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Rolling Back with the National Coast Path

Helen Chambers walks along a vanishing path in Suffolk. Photos © Helen Chambers. The River Stour is a metallic ribbon, lying horizontal across the faded yellow of harvested fields; fields edged with wild oats and vivid late-blooming poppies. Passing the interestingly-named Crepping Hall … Continue reading

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The Wasp Spiders

Stephen Rutt walks a familiar landscape and reflects on the meaning of a pair of wasp spiders and the power of ignorance. Photos © Stephen Rutt. The Suffolk coast is soft. Between the waves erasing chunks of shoreline shingle and … Continue reading

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Reflections on Fingringhoe

Following her work placement at at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve – organised as part of the MA Wild Writing – Kirsty Groves reflects on a memorable night in the badger hide.  Photos © Tilly Renyard. As Essex Wildlife Trust’s flagship site, Fingringhoe Wick … Continue reading

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Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human

MA Wild Writing course director James Canton finds literary delights amongst the science and psychology in Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book about running outside. [A version of this review appeared in the Times Literary Supplement on 8 July 2016]. Footnotes: How Running makes … Continue reading

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