Writers Day: Writing about Nature

Join us for this free panel with Yvonne Reddick, Gaia Holmes and Anita Sethi to discuss the craft of writing about nature.

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16 September 2023

Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE

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About the event

This incredible panel of nature writers; Yvonne Reddick, Gaia Holmes and Anita Sethi will discuss a variety of topics related to the craft, including the art of observation, writing about specific environments, balancing personal experience and research, using metaphor and imagery, exploring environmental issues, finding inspiration, and publishing and promoting nature writing.

After the panel discussion, there will be a short reading from each panellist to give attendees a taste of their writing.

This is a great opportunity for writers to connect with others who share their passion for nature writing and to gain valuable insights and inspiration from experienced writers in the field.

Don't miss out on this fantastic free event at Bolton Museum!

Meet the panellists:

Yvonne Reddick

A poet, nature writer and academic. Her books include Burning Season and Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet. Her work has appeared in The Guardian Review and The New Statesman, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC North West Tonight. She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Society, New Writing North and Creative Future. Her recent work focuses on climate change; new projects include a nature writing book, Fire on Winter Hill, and a wildlife documentary, Searching for Snow Hares, with wildlife filmmaker Aleksander Domanski.

Gaia Holmes

Is the author of 3 poetry collections, Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed, Lifting The Piano With One Hand and Where The Road Runs out (Comma Press). She has been a gallery attendant, a cleaner, a lecturer, a lollypop lady and a busker and has lived in churches, caves, deserted beach houses, tall terraces and caravans. Now she is a creative writing tutor and pet/house sitter and lives in Halifax in a tiny flat above the tree line on the top floor of a ramshackle Georgian mansion that Dorothy and William Wordsworth used to visit. She recently received an ‘Arts Foundation Futures’ award for writing about ‘place’ and is currently working on her debut collection of short stories called He Used To Do Dangerous Things.

Anita Sethi

Born in Manchester, UK where her love of nature first flourished, in wild urban spaces. She is author of the acclaimed book, I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain which was described as "a magnificent and redemptive achievement" by The Bookseller, "a memoir of rare power" by the Guardian, and "an amazing odyssey: inspiring, powerful, encouraging and incredibly brave" by the Independent. The Sunday Times review wrote: "punchier and more political than most nature writing, this book is a thing of beauty". I Belong Here won a Books Are My Bag Readers Award, and was nominated for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, Portico, Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize and Great Outdoors Award. Her writing has also appeared in anthologies including Women on Nature, The Wild Isles, Seasons and Common People. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, i, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Vogue, TLS, and BBC Wildlife among others and in broadcasting has appeared on various BBC, ITV and Sky programmes.

Booking here: https://commapress.co.uk/events/writing-about-nature-panel

This ticket does not include access to the writing workshop.