Anthony Haynes writes: Earlier this week we were pleased to post about the work of the Juliet Wilson, aka the Crafty Green Poet. My conversation with Juliet in Edinburgh recently prompts a question, which runs as follows.
- There is considerable interest now in the related areas of nature writing, environmental writing, green writing, and eco writing.
- And there’s a great deal of such writing going on. Indeed, with writers such as Kathleen Jamie (whose Findings I’ve recently much enjoyed reading), Richard Mabey, and Robert Macfarlane, one might say we live in a golden age for the genre(s).
- This has, at least to some extent, been reflected in publishing in literary studies (with books such Jonathan Bates’s The song of the earth, for example).
- But what about publishing in the area of creative writing studies? There seems a dearth of books on the subject for writers.
My question, then, is: Is this something we should be doing with our imprint — i.e., producing publications about creative writing in the area(s) of nature, environmental, green, eco writing?
If you’d care to think aloud on this question — and related questions of interest, such as what might be needed or which extant resources you’d recommend — we’d certainly read them with interest.