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NWR Issue 104

Pilgrims in Crow Country

Having recently finished Mark Cocker's Crow Country: now I know the ancestral importance of rookeries & how rooks & jackdaws don't mind sharing nest-space; also the beauty of Norfolk's flat landscape (though I need some more persuading on that point). Mark is my co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards, launched at the end of last month, with £1000 prizemoney attached and an epub deal for essays and books of 8000 words and upwards.

Since I want to spend this summer reading as much nature writing as possible, thanks go to Sue Moules' winner of this weekend's flash competition for naming a favourite nature writer with a Twitter-length caption. Her choice was Annie Dillard's classic 'in the spirit of Thoreau', Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, so I shall be looking into that one if I can handle the book's promised 'spiritual' aspects. Sue's prize was a free copy of Richard Mabey's Nature Cure, which I'm half-way through right now and will report back on. Richard, like Mark, inhabits the Norfolk countryside in his book so I'll be looking out for how persuasive he is on the merits, indeed beauty, of flat vistas.

Which book on nature, landscape & the environment is your favourite and why? We'd like to know in the build up to November of the competition's entry-phase. Responses via FB and Twitter please.

Gwen Davies is editor of New Welsh Review

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