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Writing & Nature: Alice Tarbuck & Jessica J. Lee

Saturday 25th Sept. 2.30pm - 3.30pm BST(Online)

Authors Jessica J. Lee and Alice Tarbuck discuss the purpose of nature writing in our changing climate

We are delighted to welcome Jessica J. Lee and Alice Tarbuck to this year’s festival 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 Cambridge. 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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