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Women On Nature

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Thursday 10 June 2021

7:00 pm



Women On Nature is a landmark, first-of-its-kind anthology which collects together the work of women, over the centuries and up to the present day, who have written about the natural world in Britain, Ireland and the outlying islands of our archipelago. In this online event editor Katharine Norbury is joined by four of the Irish contributors Sinéad Gleeson, Elizabeth Rose Murray, Katie Holten and Jessica Traynor.

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In recent years there has been an explosion of writing about place, landscape and the natural world. But within this blossoming of interest, women’s voices have remained very much in the minority. This anthology, Women on Nature, collects together the work of women, over the centuries and up to the present day, who have written about the natural world in Britain, Ireland and the outlying islands of our archipelago.

Alongside the traditional forms of the travelogue, the walking guide, books on birds, plants and wildlife, Women on Nature embraces alternative modes of seeing and recording that turn the genre on its head. Katharine Norbury has sifted through the pages of women’s fiction, poetry, household planners, gardening diaries and recipe books to show the multitude of ways in which they have observed the natural world about them, from the fourteenth-century writing of the anchorite Julian of Norwich to the seventeenth-century travel journal of Celia Fiennes; from the keen observations of Emily Brontë to a host of brilliant contemporary voices including Jan Morris, Nancy Campbell and Jini Reddy.

Women on Nature presents a ground-breaking vision of the natural world which, in addition to being a rich and scintillating anthology, is of unique importance in terms of women’s history and the history of writing about nature.

Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and has worked extensively in film and television drama. She was The Observer's rising star in non-fiction, 2015. Her first...

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Sinéad Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have been published by Granta, Winter Papers and Gorse, and broadcast by BBC and RTÉ. Her debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life(Picador) won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish...

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Katie Holten

Katie Holten was born in Dublin in 1975 and is an artist and environmental activist. She represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited in museums internationally,...

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Elizabeth Rose Murray

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes in multiple genres for children, young adults, and adult audiences. Her books include three books for children, The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1...

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Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor is a poet, essayist and librettist. Her debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and in 2016 was named one of the...

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