2020 UK Nature Writing shortlist
Dancing with Bees by Brigit Strawbridge Howard, illustrated by John Walters
Dancing with Bees is Brigit Strawbridge Howard’s eloquent, captivating account of her ‘return to noticing’ the natural world around her. With special attention to the plight of pollinators, Brigit shares her journey to rediscover nature; filled with fascinating details of the lives of flora and fauna that bring her ever-increasing wonder and delight.
Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash
A captivating portrait of life in the Cornish town of Newlyn, the largest working fishing port in Britain, from a strikingly original new voice. Dark, Salt, Clear is an evocative journey of personal discovery replete with the poetry and deep history of our fishing communities.
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.
Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie
Galloway is a place forgotten – a vague, half-imagined corner of Scotland that has fallen off the map. Patrick Laurie returns to his homeland, to establish a herd of native cattle on the hills above the Solway Firth and encounters the final passing of an ancient rural heritage.
On the Red Hill by Mike Parker
On the Red Hill is the story of Rhiw Goch, ‘the Red Hill’, and its inhabitants, but also the story of a remarkable rural community and a legacy that extends far beyond bricks and mortar. It is a story that celebrates the turn of the year’s wheel, of ever-changing landscapes, and of the family found in the unlikeliest of places.
The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange
In one brilliant adventure over the course of a year, David Gange kayaked the coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland, every inlet and every island. This book tells that story, and gives a social history of our coasts which for centuries were vital hubs for communication and trade but can often now be neglected.
Wanderland by Jini Reddy
Wanderland is about Jini’s journey to connect with the magical ‘other’ the landscape in Britain, to develop a more spiritual, intimate and reciprocal relationship with nature. It has a timely eco-spiritual edge and is a blend of memoir and nature writing which touches on themes of well-being, identity and belonging.