In May 2018 I was awarded a Writers by Nature scholarship from the British Council in Germany alongside two other writers from the UK—Katie Harrison & Polly Roberts—and three from Germany—Sophia Klink, Hanna Lisa Paetow & Monika Schuster.
Munich | British Council Nature Writing Seminar
I travelled to Munich in June 2018 to attend the first stage of the scholarship. I met with fellow scholars over an introductory workshop led by Torsten Schäfer and Helen Mort.
The three-day seminar was chaired by Robert Macfarlane and pulled together contemporary British nature writers—Nancy Campbell, Horatio Clare, Sarah Hall, Helen MacDonald and Helen Mort—for a series of readings, discussions, and workshops.
The first two days were held at Literaturhaus München with the final day held at the stunning Nantesbuch Stiftung, in Bavaria at the foot of the German Alps.
Bremen | Nature Writing Scholarship Fieldwork
After spending the summer months working on my creative project and receiving feedback from Torsten Schäfer, I travelled to Bremen in October 2018 for a week with fellow scholarship holders and British nature writer Derek Niemann.
Our nature writing was developed further while discovering the landscape of Germany’s north, the Wadden Sea coast and its UNESCO visitor centre site in Cuxhaven. Here we witnessed the annual journey of 9 million migrating birds as they stop to refuel on their journey from the Arctic to Africa.
We received a tour of the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven, where we examined how nature writing can support the battle against climate change. At the end of the week, I independently led a nature writing workshop to a class of German high school students.
Berlin | British Council Annual Celebration
Alongside Sophia Klink, we presented our experiences of the scholarship and performed our creative work.