One of the loveliest things about walking through woodland in early spring is the polyphony of birdsong. Listening to the different voices connects us to a three-dimensional soundscape: some voices are loud and up close; others stay quietly in the distance. If a single voice goes missing, then the entire woodland and we have lost something irrevocable.

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day (8 March) by focusing on four essential female voices. The poem ‘Duality’ by Mary Stella Edwards was written in 1947 – yet its rejection of the perceived dualism of human body and Nature feels extraordinarily ...


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