Dr Paul Evans FEA, nature writer,
Guardian Country Diarist, poet,
broadcaster, journalist, senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
'A beautifully lyrical look at the glories of British landscapes and wildlife, written by the Guardian's nature writer Paul Evans.
Even if you never get closer to nature than a small urban green space, Paul Evans’s wonderfully poetic tribute to British wildlife, fields, rivers, forests, hedges, and verges will enhance your understanding of the country’s flora and fauna and spark your imagination. Evans has crafted evocative essays that cover all types of ancient, migrant, and endangered species of flora and fauna. He explores everything from bats visible under city streetlights to the red grouse that live in the wild moors'.
'This beautiful series of essays on encounters with nature is a talisman for our 'environmentally anxious' era of losses. From the richness of Sand Martins who inhabit sands as unstable as our times, to the solace of lacewings and intimate encounters with orb-weaver spiders, ‘adorned in the extra-terrestrial glow of their pearl diadems’ Evans moves us from concern to inspiration. In this highly scientific yet lyrical series of encounters Evans blends close-observation and revelation with characteristic passion and accuracy. We learn that Ravens are undertakers, Nightingales are ventriloquists— who according to Coleridge, sang from their own ‘wanton tipsy joy.’ The ordinary becomes extraordinary in this fascinating book, written with a heart-lifting mixture of literary and personal insights'.
Miriam Darlington, wildlife, travel and nature writer
Illustrations © Maria Nunzia 2018 @Varvera and cover illustration by Angela Harding @ANGELACHARDING
'Paul's writing style - exceptionally informed, magically evocative, funny, rude, ego-free, wholly subject-focussed, and exquisitely poetic - is one of the joys of contemporary nature writing....
The lucid depth of his erudition staggers me; the relationships and symbioses he reveals are a wonder; the witty creativity and rightness of his expression a gift that has both grace and magic.... Paul brings your attention back to the natural world in all its beauty, mystery, complexity and infinite variety, and his understanding of it, his insights into it, are as encyclopaedically impressive as they are utterly thrilling. Get hold of a copy and you'll see what I mean! He's one of the true nature-writing geniuses of the present day'.
Shrewsbury Festival of Literature 2018
How to See Nature
Saturday 24 November 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Shrewsbury Central, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QG
How to Write
Sunday 25 November 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LG
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