Thanks to an award from the Society of Authors worth six months of gardening, I am donating most of my present moments to writing about the shed and other shed-related issues; ecological obliteration, the housing crisis, stars. I’ve been animal sitting among snow-covered mountains on a remote hillock topped with a few dozen tall and Continue Reading »

Listening among the Constellations

I’ve been reading Cormac McCarthy. I could sit here all day and type lines I love, but if I was going to type just one, it would probably be this one: ‘The horse raised its head above the skyline to listen among the constellations.’ I like to raise my head above the skyline to listen Continue Reading »

Art of Place

I am in Wales, staying in a town full of writers and environmentalists. Specifically, I am staying with Jay Griffiths, looking after her cats while she is talking about Time at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington and then talking about Frida Kahlo in Stornoway. The world turns in mysterious ways. Years ago I used to Continue Reading »

Bookshelf #2 Paul Kingsnorth

I love books about as much as I love anything. That’s why I wrote one. It’s also why I have decided to share my love of particular books and their authors with a special “bookshelf” post each month (or six months…) I won’t be attempting exhaustive critiques. I will simply be sharing my personal connections, Continue Reading »

The Droving Project

While I was in Scotland this August I took part in a cattle drove. Brain-child of Katch Holmes, who runs the infamous Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, the drove was essentially an art project, designed to raise questions about the relationship between rural and urban culture. Toast Travels were kind enough to publish my writing about it, Continue Reading »

Honey Moon

I slept out that night. It was Friday 13th and there was a Honey Moon (pictured). I woke to the sound of the birds and the seals. A week later I sat on a gate with a gin and tonic and watched the sunset. It was Midsummer and there was much to celebrate. Sometimes life Continue Reading »

Panamania – Gnarly Goggles

This footage was shot by Becky after a day surfing on the Isla Burica, a desert island in the far north of Panama. It comes with a song from the Ribbons EP about the upside of heartbreak, and it comes with a story about fear. Stumbling through the jungle looking for a place to sleep, Continue Reading »