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‘The Year of the Acorns’ (Essay)

‘The Year of the Acorns’ (Essay)

In August 2021 my essay ‘The Year of the Acorns’, dealing with the experience of defending badgers during the government cull, was published by Dark Mountain as part of their Other Kingdoms series. “A fern frond, five feet tall, brushes my cheek and I experience it as...

Toads Essay ‘Crossings’ Doubly Short-Listed

Toads Essay ‘Crossings’ Doubly Short-Listed

My essay ‘Crossings’, based on the Spring migrations of the common toad bufo bufo, was well received this winter, being short-listed in both the Future Places Environmental Essay Prize (UK) and the Van der Mey Prize for Non-Fiction (USA). I was especially pleased that...

Collaborative Plant-Based Cookbook:

Collaborative Plant-Based Cookbook:

Publication 16th August: ‘Feeding Women of the Talmud, Feeding Ourselves’ 16th August sees the publication of a lovely book I’ve been involved with – ‘Feeding Women of the Talmud, Feeding Ourselves’ (Jewish Food Hero). This international project sets out to honour 69...

‘Toads During Lockdown’ (Poem)

‘Toads During Lockdown’ (Poem)

Highly Commended in the Shepton Mallet International Open Poetry Competition judged by Mama Amazonica author Pascale Petit (February 2022), my poem ‘Toads During Lockdown’ is available to read here in the competition’s digital anthology.

‘Toads During Lockdown’ Highly Commended in Shepton Mallet

‘Toads During Lockdown’ Highly Commended in Shepton Mallet

In February my poem ‘Toads During Lockdown’ was Highly Commended in the Shepton Mallet Snowdrops Festival International Poetry Competition, whose given theme was “hope in nature” and where the judge was Mama Amazonica poet Pascale Petit. It was lovely to be able to...

De-Commissioning Fairbourne: Time to Stop Sleep-Walking

De-Commissioning Fairbourne: Time to Stop Sleep-Walking

Fairbourne, Gwynedd. This is somewhere we've often walked, paddled, swum and cycled. It's where Aggie first swam in the sea and where the boys made their first rock towers. It's on lots of our holiday photos. It's also the first community in the UK to be...

Awake, and Therefore Alive

Awake, and Therefore Alive

For it is important that awake people be awake" William Stafford, 'A Ritual to Read to Each Other In a way, this is just another blog post about resisting the badger cull. But I don't want to focus on us resisters - today I'm...

Water of Life: A ‘Badger Meditation’ on Small Kindnesses

Water of Life: A ‘Badger Meditation’ on Small Kindnesses

This week I'm standing in for a friend who's away on holiday and who puts out water and some food nightly for a local family of badgers. It's a 'baby-sitting' job that I appreciate on so many levels - the chance to do a favour for a friend, the chance to help badgers,...