I am currently spinning and weaving my own nature and writing “course”, for want of a better word. It is a project, it is creative and yet it feels more like I am creating a syllabus of sorts for myself.
On this page I hope to gather my posts on the journey and I would love to hear from other people about resource ideas, feedback on my writing, disagreements with what I say etc. One of the difficulties about doing a solo, self led piece of learning, is ensuring that my views are challenged and I don’t just stay within my own bubble.
- September, What is Nature Writing?
- October, Humans and Animals
- November, Humans and Plants
- December, Weather
- January, humans and birds
- Writing and nature
- Writing and nature, part 2
- Nature and writing, the prep
- Nature and writing, the start
What is nature writing?
- Nature and writing, September
- What is nature and why care?
- What is nature writing?
- The history of nature writing
- Why do we read and write nature writing?
- The limitations of nature writing
- Nature and writing: September resources
- William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place week one
- William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place (Week 2)
- William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place (week 3)
- William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place (week 4)
- Learn About Weather
- Nature and writing; September day trip
- Pen-y-ghent, place in poetry
- September’s Poems
- Tipping the balance
- September Poems: My poetry
Humans and animals
- Humans and animals: Are humans animals?
- Does it matter if humans are animals or not?
- Animals and the Human Law
- Putting cats on trial: animals in the law court
- Animals and the law in the 21st Century
- Exotic pets
- Hunting in the UK
- Canned hunting and motivations
- Sharing space: Living alongside wild animals
- Sharing space: Inviting animals into our homes
- Sharing space: Cats
- Sharing space: Cats and dogs
- Sharing space: Dogs
- Animals in Literature
- Animals in children’s literature
- Cats in literature
- Animals as scapegoats: Badgers, Dodos and Thylacines
- Scapegoats: Werewolves and Vampires
- Animals of the past
- Humans and animals: Resources
Humans and plants
- From animals to plants?
- Plants, a one way relationship?
- Plants, a potted history
- Plants fight back!
- Attack of the plants!
- The plant world as a pharmacy
- From tiny seeds…
- Plants which changed the world
- Plants which changed the world; opium poppies
- Plants that changed the world – tea
- Plants of the gods
- Plants as metaphors
- Plants in literature
- A plant’s eye vdeciew
- What are humans doing to plants?
- Tree relationships
- What is a forest?
- A history of forests
- Fairytale Forests
- What do trees see?
- Beyond the fairytale forest
- Who speaks for the trees?
- The holly and the ivy
- November’s resources
- December: A pre-introduction – coping with the weather
- December – a month of weather
- The what, where and whys of weather
- The language of weather
- The art of weather prediction, part 1
- The art of weather prediction, part two
- The science of weather prediction
- Snow, and the kindness of strangers
- Weather and literature
- Winter and me
- It’s raining, it’s pouring…
- It’s raining, it’s pouring: Further afield
- Surviving the winter: Plants and animals
- “You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella…”
- Get your head in the clouds
- December’s reading
Humans and birds
- Humans and Birds
- A history of birds and humans
- Bird song; who, why, when (part 1)
- The UK’s favourite nature book: shortlistThe UK’s favourite nature book: shortlist
- Bird song; copycats (part two)
- Bird song; Music and Literature (Part three)
- Bird song, or lack thereof; Other forms of audible communication (part 4)
- The Trumpet of the Swan
- Martha, possibly the most famous pigeon in the world
- Birds in Old Norse Culture
- Birds names and symbolism
- Life and Death: Birds and folklore part one
- Good luck, bad luck and omens: Birds and folklore part two
- Migration: Birds and folklore part three
- A little birdie told me: Birds and folklore part four
- Bird brained: The intelligence of birds
- Bird of the year, bird of the country and so on