Category Archives: Wildeasters

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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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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