I’m a native of the English Lake District and have lived here for most of my life. I started writing formally in 2013 and gained an MLitt (with Distinction) from Stirling University. My first book The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edge of Morecambe Bay (Saraband, 2015,) was selected as an Author’s Book of the Year in the Observer. The Blackbird Diaries,( Saraband,) was published in 2017. Both books have won awards. I’ve written for Guardian Country Diary and am a contributor to Guardian Travel and Family sections, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines. I’ve written for the Royal Geographic Society and various magazines. My poetry pamphlet Self Portrait as Ornithologist was published by Wayleave Press in 2020 and poems have been published by Corbel Stone Press, Zoomorphic and others.
Author photo Tina Norris Photography – https://www.tinanorris.co.uk/index
My new book, Abundance; Nature in Recovery will be published by Bloomsbury in September in the UK 2021 and in November in the USA. The book enquires into abundance in the Anthropocene. I travelled to Romania’s Carpathian mountains to meet the project protecting boreal forest habitats for large carnivores and replanting forests with the help of local communities. In the Netherlands I spent time with ‘the wolf people, ‘ Wolves in the Netherlands’ and visited habitats where wolves have returned and begun to breed and expand their range under European legislative protection. In the Prespa Lakes in Northern Greece it was difficult to know where to begin or how to focus – the area offers an incredibly diverse landscape that is also of significant cultural and historic value. In Hungary I met conservationists restoring eagles, wild horses and more. The book also explores themes around land use in Scotland and the Lake District.
Abundance is the result of my PhD at Lancaster University where I am the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ‘Literature, Language and Environment’ scholar. I’m also an associate lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing.
I can be contacted through my agent Jenny Brown; firstname.lastname@example.org