This event is being held in association with the WayWORD Festival. WayWORD is a student-led arts festival brought to you by the WORD Centre for Creative Writing, University of Aberdeen.

We are delighted to welcome Jessica J. Lee and Alice Tarbuck for a conversational event based around the contemporary idea of “nature writing”. Much like our current physical and social climates, the genre of nature writing is a changing one. It entails much more than narrative ambles through the British countryside, instead providing authors with the possibility to cross borders, further environmental change and to explore complex issues around human identity and belonging.

Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author and environmental historian living in London. She is the author of two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019). She has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and was Writer-in-Residence at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018. Jessica is also the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and a researcher at Cambridge University.

Alice Tarbuck is an award-winning poet and writer. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of Dundee and is a 2019 Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Awardee for poetry. Her debut non-fiction book, A Spell in the Wild: a year (and six centuries) of Magic, is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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