Some years back I was approached to help devise and teach a new postgraduate course to be launched at the University of Essex. The course would explore the links between literature, landscape and the environment. It was to be called Wild Writing. I accepted the offer immediately and then set out to explore what wild writing really was.

It was certainly about walking the lands and drawing tales from those soils and seeing the palimpsest that is the topography of a place. Yet wild writing was also about exploring the lands beyond the city and making sense of those rural worlds too. I myself had ...


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