Yesterday was the official publication date of A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens Press), an anthology that I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of.

Edited by Linda Cracknell and with a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, it’s ‘an anthology of new literary non-fiction that focuses on the relationship between people and the wild places of Britain and Ireland. This is writing which animates a connection between humanity and the natural world, articulating discoveries and new ways of seeing – writing which is, above all, a meditation on who we are as people in a still-wild world.’

A Wilder Vein is a significant contribution to the contemporary literature of place. The work gathered here is testy about piety, but not reticent about beauty. Repeatedly, these writers return to the idea that cognition is site-specific, or motion-sensitive: that we think differently in different landscapes. And therefore, more radically, that certain thoughts might be possible only in certain places, such that when we lose those places, we are losing kinds of imagination as well.’ – Robert Macfarlane (author of The Wild Places, Mountains of the Mind)


Foreword by Robert Macfarlane
Introduction by Linda Cracknell
Ardnamurchan Almanac by Gerry Loose
The Slob Lands by Neil Hegarty
Black Rabbits by Marco Daane
Crossing the Divide by Kenneth Taylor
Explorations in a Legendary Landscape by Michelle Cotter
Wild Life on Braighlinne by Mandy Haggith
The Light and the Line by Jane Alexander
Sewing a Seam on the Spirit Line by Lisa Samson
The Hill by Alison Grant
Echoing Lands by Raja Shehadeh
The Road North by Judith Thurley
Whale Song by Lesley Harrison
Strata by Sara Maitland
Beached Wales by Susan Richardson
Humber by Katharine Macrae
Routes by Ken Wilkie
Walking the Edges by Margaret Elphinstone
A Dub in Assynt by Andrew Greig

Back in my childhood and early teens when I first started to dream about becoming a published writer, this was exactly the sort of anthology that I craved to be featured in, so I really am feeling quite excited today!

If you like the sound of the book too, do visit the Two Ravens Press website and check it out.

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