The War and Margiad Evans – by Jim Pratt

We are thrilled to publish on the Land Lines Blog today an essay by Jim Pratt, the nephew of Welsh borders novelist and nature writer Margiad Evans. The essay is focused on Margiad’s war-time correspondence with her brother Roger, who was imprisoned in a series of Prisoner of War camps in Germany and Poland, andContinue reading “The War and Margiad Evans – by Jim Pratt”

Sisters Corresponding Across Town: Nocturnality and Nightjars

The Land Lines blog is delighted to share with you this nightjar-inspired poem and illustration, which was sent sent to us by illustrator Ilse Meijerink via her blog ‘Sisters Corresponding Across Town’. For more about Ilse, her sister Mariëlle and their work, please see the ‘About the Authors’ section at the bottom of the page.Continue reading “Sisters Corresponding Across Town: Nocturnality and Nightjars”

On Lists – by David Higgins

The Eskimo Curlew is a small wading bird, similar in appearance to the Eurasian Curlew but around half the size. It has longish legs, a mottled brown body, and the familiar long beak: “for poking”, as my young son puts it. To describe the bird in the present tense may be misleading. Once abundant inContinue reading “On Lists – by David Higgins”

A Journey Through Lockdown by Andy Thatcher

The Land Lines blog is delighted to share this essay, with brilliant accompanying photos, from Andy Thatcher – a film maker, photographer, writer and researcher. You can visit Andy’s website and Instagram page for more. This essay reflects on the virtues of local walking in a time of lockdown. For more on this topic, checkContinue reading “A Journey Through Lockdown by Andy Thatcher”

‘Balance’ by Suzanne Davies

The Land Lines blog is pleased to share this poem by Suzanne Davies, accompanied by an illustration. Suzanne was inspired to write this by our Spring Nature Diary with the National Trust earlier this year! Balance In the warmth of springa sparrow comes to the garden he perches at the edgeof the old stone bathit’sContinue reading “‘Balance’ by Suzanne Davies”

Extract from Wanderland (2020) by Jini Reddy

The Land Lines Blog is pleased to be able to share with you this specially selected extract from Wanderland, a brand new book by Jini Reddy! Jini Reddy is an award-winning author and journalist. She was born in London to Indian parents who grew up in apartheid-era South Africa, and was raised in Montreal, Canada. Jini has a degreeContinue reading “Extract from Wanderland (2020) by Jini Reddy”

How Margiad Evans Wrote the Earth – by Steven Lovatt

Margiad Evans’ writing is largely unknown outside her adopted Wales, testifying to the anglocentrism of ‘British’ culture but also to the unclassifiable nature of her body of work. In this specially commissioned essay, Steven Lovatt introduces Evans as a nature writer of precision and feeling. He argues that the example of her personal and artistic integrityContinue reading “How Margiad Evans Wrote the Earth – by Steven Lovatt”

Crowd-sourced Spring Nature Diary 2020

The deadline for contributing to the 2020 Spring Nature Diary has now passed– read the current list of entries, curated by Pippa Marland, here! by Pippa Marland, Land Lines Team As I stepped out along an urban street in the early evening yesterday, the clouds were clearing after a bout of heavy rain, and theContinue reading “Crowd-sourced Spring Nature Diary 2020”

Second Follow on Project Launches: ‘Tipping Points’

‘Tipping Points’: Cultural Responses to Wilding and Land-sharing in the North Land Lines is pleased to announce the launch of its second AHRC-funded follow on project, titled ‘Tipping Points’: Cultural Responses to Wilding and Land-sharing in the North. Tipping Points comes under the UKRI ‘Landscape Decisions’ programme, which seeks to “address the challenge of deliveringContinue reading “Second Follow on Project Launches: ‘Tipping Points’”