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.
Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills (John Murray, 2006), an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include A Single Swallow (Chatto & Windus, 2009) which was shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year), the best-selling travelogue Down to the Sea in Ships (Vintage, 2015) which won Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North (Chatto & Windus, 2017). His most recent books are Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck with JS Bach (Little Toller Books, 2018) and The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (Elliott & Thompson, 2018). Horatio's essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio. He lectures in creative non-fiction writing at the University of Manchester.