Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist. Her work concerns nature, travel and culture and has been influenced by archaeology, medical humanities, and art. Her poetry collections to date include The Overhaul (Picador, 2012), which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, and The Tree House (Picador, 2004), which won the Forward Prize. Her non-fiction includes the highly regarded books Findings (Sort of Books, 2005), and Sightlines (Sort of Books, 2012), both regarded as important contributions to 'new nature writing'. Her most recent poetry collection, The Bonniest Companie was published by Picador in 2015, and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. Since 2010, Kathleen has held a part-time post as Professor of Poetry at the University of Stirling.
Nature writing means attending to both the landscape and to language. We will learn to look hard at these two worlds and explore what can be translated from the wild to the page. We will investigate the Tŷ Newydd gardens and its inhabitants, and use our catch later in poetry, prose and non-fiction. Bring your walking boots and a willingness to debate, to challenge yourself, to write outdoors and to make the most of the glorious countryside of north Wales.
Mark Cocker is an author of creative non-fiction, a naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. In 2018 he released Our Place (Cape) on the fate of British nature in the twentieth century. He also completes 30 years as a Guardian country diarist. His book, Crow Country (Vintage, 2008), was shortlisted for several awards, including the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2008, and won the New Angle Prize (2009). His ten other books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. They include, Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet (Jonathan Cape, 2014), and Birds and People (Jonathan Cape, 2013). The latter was published to international acclaim and between them these two books were shortlisted for six literary awards including the Thwaites/Wainwright Prize.
Enillodd llyfr cyntaf Horatio Clare, Running for the Hills (John Murray, 2006), sy’n ddisgrifiad arbennig o blentyndod yng Nghymru, Wobr Somerset Maugham. Cyrhaeddodd y llyfr restr hir Gwobr Llyfr Cyntaf The Guardian, ac yn sgil y llyfr cafodd Horatio ei ddewis i fod ar restr fer Awdur Ifanc y Flwyddyn gan y Sunday Times. Mae ei lyfrau ers hynny yn cynnwys A Single Swallow (Chatto & Windus, 2009) a gyrhaeddodd restr fer Llyfr Teithio’r Flwyddyn Dolman; y cofnod teithio poblogaidd, Down to the Sea in Ships (Vintage, 2015) a enillodd Llyfr Teithio’r Flwyddyn Dolman ac Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North (Chatto & Windus, 2017). Ei gyfrolau mwyaf diweddar yw Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck with JS Bach (Little Toller Books, 2018), a The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (Elliott & Thompson, 2018). Mae traethodau ac adolygiadau Horatio yn ymddangos yn gyson yn y wasg ac ar sianeli radio’r BBC. Mae’n darlithio mewn ysgrifennu ffeithiol-greadigol ym Mhrifysgol Manceinion.