With my Ecologist ‘hat’ on, I recently chaired a session at the inaugural Timber Festival. Tony Greenham, Economics Director at the RSA, John Everitt, Chief Exec of The National Forest, and I chatted about community banks; the Saddleworth moor fires; Doughnut Economics; forests; news and more. Trees, festivals, ideas…. bliss!

Date: 7th July 2018
Event: Timber Festival: panel session

I recently spoke at a Libraries Unlimited and Arts Council England event in London, which looked at the social and financial value of libraries. I was invited to speak and be part of a panel discussion after someone came across this blog I wrote about how libraries and social entrepreneurs might mutually support each other. Books, community and ideas = my kind of event!

Date: 5th July 2018
Event: Talk: Libraries and Social Entrepreneurs

On ‘Blue Monday’: why my car being written-off sparked happiness

At the end of 2017, a shiny new Audi crashed into my little old car while I was stationary at traffic lights. I’m fairly sure the driver was on his phone. My car was a write-off, but after going through the initial frustrations and hassle, I’ve now arrived at ‘Blue Monday’ — typically the most depressing day of the year — with happiness.

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Out of the Shadow

A story

I had a seasonal image pop in to my mind the other day, and it turned itself into a short story. I thought I’d share it here…

 

The people were looking around for the next distraction from their routines. On the breeze, they caught the scent of the Creature, and followed.

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Connecting libraries and startups to spark wonder and unite communities

I’m sitting in a library in a suburb of Manchester. It’s connected to a sport and leisure centre. There’s a ‘Kids Coding Club’ happening in the corner behind the bookshelves, young minds learning how to speak computer. They’ll create a future that we can’t yet imagine.

My more regular library hangouts are Exeter central library, and the small library in the Royal Society of Arts in London. Three very different libraries. And yet they contain a pulse and a rhythm that is unmistakable and distinct. Different organs operating to keep the same body alive.

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Moor-haunting

A piece about Dartmoor

 

This is a piece that was published online with the Elsewhere Journal. I wrote it after I’d been on Dartmoor (in Devon, UK), and was trying to express how it makes me feel, and what it prompts me to do — it’s a feeling I don’t quite encounter anywhere else.

Here’s the original, and I’ve reposted it below:

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Encounter

Longlisted for Green Alphabet Writing Prize!

Earlier this year, I’d been thinking about how my sunflowers made me feel. I wrote about it and entered it into the Green Alphabet Writing Prize (a competition organised by the Flipside Festival, in conjunction with Friends of the Earth), and I found out I’d been longlisted! The idea was to take a letter of the alphabet, and write a poem or short piece of prose on an environmental theme. I chose ‘E’ for ‘Encounter’. Here it is:

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Nature’s soundscapes: protecting personal and planetary silence

**First published in The Ecologist, 4th July 2017**
In search of stillness and silence, our Nature Editor, Elizabeth Wainwright, spent a night under the stars in the wilderness (Devon’s Dartmoor) which left her feeling reflective about the price we are all paying – humans and Nature – for increasing noise pollution

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Leading from Nature: Politics and Biomimicry

**First published in The Ecologist, 13th June 2017**

As Theresa May and her Ministers struggle to make a pact with the DUP, Ecologist Nature Editor, ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT says we could all do worse than model both leadership and politics on Nature and work together to improve partnership and community, as well as innovation

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