Published by Honno, 2008
Launched at the Hay Festival 2008 and serialised on Radio 4.
Mountaineers, amblers, stargazers, river-watchers, cavers, climbers, farmers, artists, sailors and ecologists – twenty-three writers explore the elemental forces of the Welsh landscapes which have shaped their lives.
They all share a deep, personal relationship with nature and the gifts it offers when we are awake enough to see. They share, too, a strong desire to protect and nurture a world that ‘civilisation’, alienated from nature and obsessed with commodity, is so hell-bent on destroying. Emissaries for the untamed world, these writers speak with passion, humour, sorrow, respect and, ultimately – hope.
Praise for In Her Element
‘Wonderfully descriptive, this is Welsh nature writing at its best and I thoroughly recommend anyone who ventures forth in search of wild places and wildlife in Wales makes time to read it before stepping outside.’ Iolo Williams
‘This is what we live for – to find such moments of calm.’ Niall Griffiths
‘An utterly absorbing and inspiring collection ... a book to treasure.’ Walking Wales
‘Elemental prose that beautifully captures the haunting spirit of the Welsh landscape.’ Hidden Europe
‘This is a precious book, full of memory, observation and insight.’ Resurgence
In Her Element
is available from Honno
ISBN: 978-1870206-969, £7.99
Cover design: Nicola Schumacher
Cover Image: Andrew Isherwood
Drawings: Nicki Orton (Thanks to Nicki Orton for her kind permission to use one of her drawings on this website)