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

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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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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Wild space, true forms

Bob Dylan and our inner creatures

Bob Dylan’s recent Nobel prize for Literature underlines one of the things I’ve always appreciated about him — his poetry, and the way he uses metaphor and rhythm and beauty to tap into personal and universal experience. Earlier today, I was struck by one of his lyrics whilst listening to Shelter from the Storm. It was a lyric I’d never properly noticed before —

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Learning from Nature is back by demand!

We’ve received great feedback and had stimulating discussions following our inaugural Learning from Nature workshop, and so we’d love you to join us for our second such workshop, in Battersea Park, London. Come and Learn from the wonder of nature, and explore how to use it to unlock potential and help transform your thinking.

Thank you both for your planning and consideration which has gone into this event. Great space and energy! – Learning from Nature participant

The facilitators are very relaxed in the holding of the group. Lovely to spend time connecting to nature. – Learning from Nature participant

You can register at the link below. I hope to see you in nature on 11th October!

Date: 11th October 2016
Time: 17:30-19:30
Event: Learning from Nature
Venue: Battersea Park
Location: London
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.