When? 30th April – 5th May 2018
Where? Arvon Totleigh Barton
The need to explore and question humanity’s relationship with nature is more urgent now than ever. This week Arvon will look at the importance of writing that is inquisitive, significant, vivid and newly expressive, concerning the wildness of both nature and human nature. Arvon will examine how what we read informs how we look: we see both the nightingale and the idea of the nightingale. Encompassing poetics, politics and sensitivity, the course will explore the nature writer’s tools, equipment and techniques, including notebooks, books of poetry, field guides, dictionaries, editing and openness to a certain serendipity. And wellies, of course.
Tom Hirons and Rima Staines