The Long View

The Long View

Sunset on Little Asby Hawthorne ©Rob Fraser Rob and Harriet Fraser are a couple truly at one with the landscape. He a photographer, she a poet and wordsmith, they have dedicated themselves to documenting the nature, seasons, people and spirit of their Lake District home. Their project and exhibition, The Long View (currently on tour [...]

Book of the Month: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Book of the Month: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

There are the Christmas classics that are known and loved from birth, then there are classics that are happened upon later in life and cherished all the more for it. I'm sure Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales falls into the first category for many, but this short story written in that familiar Thomas lilt has been an unexpected treat for me this year – a wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked, mischievous memory of a childhood Christmas. And, of course, never-seen-again, epic tales of snow [...]

Deer and the (former) Derbyshire Laureate

Deer and the (former) Derbyshire Laureate

For a relatively compact city, Sheffield – our closest metropolis – is a hive of culture, creativity and composition. Over the last month, Sheffield's curious minds have been soothed by Off the Shelf, one of the UK's largest literary festivals, as writers, poets and thinkers have been spouting forth in various venues across the city. Acclaimed poet and one of Sheffield's own, Helen Mort, took to the stage alongside Stuart Maconie at The Leadmill last week with the pair's 'poetry pub crawl' – a collection of contemporary poetry celebrating the nation's favourite sanctuary. [...]

Book of the Month: The Lost Words

Book of the Month: The Lost Words

Naturalist and writer Robert MacFarlane is not only a champion of nature, but a committed hoarder and conserver of natural language – the language of landscape. His latest book, and our Book of the Month, is The Lost Words, a beautiful collection of wild plants and animals whose names have been unceremoniously dropped in recent [...]