In May 2018 I was awarded a Writers by Nature scholarship from the British Council (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 2018
In June 2018 I travelled to Munich 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 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.
We were joined in Bremen by British nature writer Derek Niemann. We developed our nature writing further while discovering the nature of Germany’s north, the Wadden Sea coast and its UNESCO visitor centre site in Cuxhaven. The site where 9 million migrating birds stop to refuel on the trip from 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. The week culminated with independently leading a nature writing workshop to twenty local German high school students.