Autumn is a time of transformation. Crisp, clear days mark summer's close and usher in a new season with its rich scents and vivid palette, leaves flaming red and gold by day, bonfires and fireworks lighting up the lengthening nights. There is abundance, as humans and animals make stores for the winter; and there is decay, which gives rise to the next cycle of life.; In prose and poetry from across the British Isles, Autumn captures both the exhilaration and the melancholy of this turning point in the year. Featuring original writing by Horatio Clare, John Lewis-Stempel and Amy Liptrot, classic extracts from the work of Ted Hughes, Helen Macdonald and Nan Shepherd, and a wealth of fresh new voices, Autumn is an evocative celebration of the year's decline - and new beginnings.
Melissa Harrison won the John Muir Trust's 'Wild Writing' Award in 2010 and was a Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library in 2014. She delivered one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures as part of Bristol's Festival of Ideas, spoke about landscape and Englishness at The Southbank's Changing Britain festival, and has appeared on Radio 4's Open Book and The Arts Show on Radio 2. She writes for the Nature Notes column in The Times and blogs about nature at Tales of the City. Her first novel, Clay, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2013, followed by At Hawthorn Time in April 2015. She studied English Literature at Oxford.; Founded in 1912 by Charles Rothschild as the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, today The Wildlife Trusts are the UK's largest voluntary environmental organisation striving to restore wildlife on land and at sea. There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts, all working towards preserving an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.
CONTENTS; Introduction by Melissa Harrison vii; Horatio Clare 1; Edward Step 5; Gerard Manley Hopkins 8; Elizabeth Gardiner 9; Reverend Gilbert White 12; Annie Worsley 15; Will Burns 19; Caroline Greville 20; Thomas Furly Forster 23; Sue Croxford 24; Thomas Furly Forster 27; Kate Blincoe 28; Patrick Kavanagh 30; Alice Hunter 32; Reverend Gilbert White 34; Alexi Francis 37; Thomas Furly Forster 40; Paul Ashton 41; William Cobbett 44; Jo Cartmell 46; Percy Bysshe Shelley 49; Amy Liptrot 53; Louise Baker 58; Thomas Furly Forster 61; Clare Leighton 63; Alfred, Lord Tennyson 68; Chris Murphy 71; Thomas Furly Forster 74; Nick Acheson 75; Jane Adams 77; Reverend Gilbert White 81; Will Harper-Penrose 84; Daphne Pleace 87; Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club 91; Ginny Battson 93; George Eliot 96; Brian Carter 97; William Butler Yeats 100; Janet Willoner 102; Jon Dunn 105; Edward Thomas 109; Tamsin Constable 110; Thomas Furly Forster 113; Leanne Manchester 114; Helen Macdonald 116; Matt Merritt 119; Richard Jefferies 120; Julia Wallis 123; Julian Jones 124; Thomas Furly Forster 129; Dr Rob Lambert 130; Nan Shepherd 134; Lucy McRobert 137; Samuel Taylor Coleridge 141; Adrian Bell 142; Sinead Gleeson 144; Dylan Thomas 148; Ryan Clark 151; Thomas Hardy 153; Reverend Gilbert White 154; John Lewis-Stempel 156; Matt Gaw 160; Alison Brackenbury 162; Benjamin Myers 164; Ted Hughes 166; Megan Shersby 168; Thomas Furly Forster 170; John Clare 171; Nicola Chester 175; Laurence Arnold 178; Imtiaz Dharker 182; Neil Ansell 183; Thomas Furly Forster 186; David Gwilym Anthony 187; Author Biographies 188