Women have always written about Nature, but the female voice has sometimes been eclipsed by the male. Consider William Wordsworth’s famous poem on daffodils: he borrowed lines from his sister Dorothy, published in her Grasmere and Alfoxden journals. And while many of us are familiar with John Clare and with Henry David Thoreau, it would be hard to improve on Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Wild Geese’, which evokes a sense of loneliness and belonging in its descriptions of landscape and place.

For Katharine Norbury, author of The Fish Ladder, a memoir that combines Nature writing with travelogue, ...


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