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Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans Published by Rider Books #newbook #naturewriting

Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans Published by Rider Books #newbook #naturewriting | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web page Paul Evans 

http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!field-notes-from-the-edge-/c1bm7

 

Reviewed Financial Times 

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"Field Notes' magic lies partly in the sheer quality of the prose, partly in Evans' ability to loop together disparate threads in a way that feels both natural and carefully patterned: images an words recur, subtle altered each time, layering meaning upon meaning so that each chapter become rich with significance. It makes for a profound satisfying read".

By Melissa Harrison author of 'At Hawthorn Time' (Bloomsbury) @M_Z_Harrison

 

Journeys Through Britain’s Secret Wilderness

Published by Rider June 4th 2015 Buy book 

inside Illustrations by Maria Nunzia @Varvera 

http://bookshop.theguardian.com/catalog/product/view/id/297615/

 

 

For review copies, author interviews or more  information please contact Sarah Bennie: sbennie@randomhouse.co.uk |0207 840 8755  

 

‘The best account I know of how it goes with our wilds’                                 Tim Dee author of Four Fields                         

 

‘The best of the best writers on nature’                                                

John Vidal The Guardian Environment Editor  

 

In ‘Field Notes From The Edge’, one of Britain’s foremost nature writers takes us on a journey through Britain’s hidden wilderness. Here, celebrated naturalist Paul Evans explores the gaps between one place, one state of mind, one truth and another.  This beautifully written book is a work of dark wonder, capturing our changing world and treading the narrow way between our love of Nature and fear of it.  From Shropshire’s Wenlock Edge, which he knows so well, Paul Evans looks at other kinds of ‘edge’ and the wild lives that inhabit them in ruins, strandlines, caves, heaths, islands, marshes, swarms, even bodies. From ice-age caves to ancient hedgerows, this is a celebration of things lost, overlooked or hiding in plain sight. 

 

 ‘...the first indisputable classic of twenty-first century nature-writing…’       Jim Perrin Nature writer & biographer author of West 

 

Best known as an author of The Guardian’s Country Diary column, Paul Evans is a naturalist, university lecturer, broadcaster of natural-history documentaries and award-winning dramas for Radio 4, and performance poet. He’s already acclaimed as one of Britain’s leading nature writers – the ‘John Clare of his generation’.  

 

'wonderfully original book...Evans has a superb eye, a fine ear for all kinds of speech, a love of droll reality and a lyrical sense of all life.

It is a Joy'  

Richard Kerridge Ecocritic and author of Cold Blood  

 

He writes for publications including BBC Wildlife, Geographical, The National Trust Magazine andCountry Living; and his work appears in many anthologies. In his time he has also been a grave digger, managed gardens for the National Trust,worked for Percy Thrower, been commissioned by a billionaire to collect samples of all the plants in eastern North America, fronted a Punk band and looked after botanical gardens in New York.  He has had his poetry set to music by an American folk group and even been the subject of an MA at a Belgian university. He lives with his family in Much Wenlock, Shropshire where he was born.      

 

'He made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end with his mastery of other unseen moments of life on earth, making 'the ginger streak' of a dormouse flash into focus or pulling me back into prehistory to dream with cave people'. 

Maggie Gee author of The White Family 

 

Fields  ‘Stunning, thoughtful and closely observed…the sort of writing that compels you to go outdoors and re-experience the world’                                          

Gerard Woodward author of I’ll Go to Bed at Noon  

 

For review copies, author interviews or more  information please contact Sarah Bennie: sbennie@randomhouse.co.uk |0207 840 8755  

 

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Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world

Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire The more it tries to blend in, the more noticeable it becomes. The bird looks as if it’s made from hedge
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It's getting steamy in the hedgerow

It's getting steamy in the hedgerow | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge Hawthorns push their little cheesy shuttlecocks, oaks are in their bronze
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Winged sisters bound through the cool hazy sky

Winged sisters bound through the cool hazy sky | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Shropshire Hills A vocal flock of linnets add their song to a spring day on the common
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A boundary marker, a meeting place, a gallows?

A boundary marker, a meeting place, a gallows? | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge An ancient oak shows signs of awakening after another winter
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A Wild Fugitive Returns to Shropshire

A Wild Fugitive Returns to Shropshire | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Pine martens are related to weasels and otters, they are agile, inquisitive and about the size of a large ferret or small cat. With their deep chestnut fur and yellow bib they are one of Britain’s
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Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge: Song after the storm

Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Guardian Country Diary Wenlock Edge: Song after the storm | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

The robin materialises from a point in the ground where the storm disappeared. Out of all the thrashing rain and screaming winds, the bird stands, in the conspicuous, red-breasted, defiance of the season’s greetings card pose and begins to sing.

 

Storm Desmond, which newspaper headlines have called the wildest of all, seems to have largely passed through, although there are still errant gusts and cat-spits of rain.

 

“After a storm there must be a calm,” sang Desmond Dekker. It’s not calm yet. At the coat-flapping edges of the gale we escaped the worst of the flooding and wind damage that hit the north. But we have not come out of it unscathed. Flood barriers have been erected on the river towns, and the Severn flashes across fields where swans and geese gather for the event.

 

 


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Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist: A Matter of Taste

Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist:      A Matter of Taste | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

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"Sloe berries don’t taste to me of their midnight colour or the bloom on their skins as blue as the sky might be high above this fog. To the touch they feel ripe enough, even though it’s warm and there’s no purging frosts yet. They roll smoothly in the mouth".

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Paul Evans: We must all realise why botany and Kew Gardens really matter | Comment | London Evening Standard

Paul Evans: We must all realise why botany and Kew Gardens really matter | Comment | London Evening Standard | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
As a writer, gardener and conservationist, I am fascinated by the way our attitudes to wild and cultivated plants shape the world we live in. Much of what I’ve learned about that I’ve discovered from botanical gardens — and Kew is the greatest of these.  Kew is more than a venerable historic institution; it is a living thing, a community of plants and people that has grown through the centuries. Kew tells us about the past (inglorious though some of its stories are) and it is telling us about our future, too.
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The bucolic noble savage – alive in my head?

The bucolic noble savage – alive in my head? | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire The thrush’s gaze was defiant, proud – I wondered if I read into it what I wanted to see
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Blot out and backcross: the butterfly’s genetic secret?

Blot out and backcross: the butterfly’s genetic secret? | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire A controversial theory claims the reason butterflies and their caterpillars look so dissimilar is down to hybridogenesis
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Field Notes From The Edge book reading and signing by Paul Evans at Waterstones Shrewsbury.

Field Notes From The Edge book reading and signing by Paul Evans at Waterstones Shrewsbury. | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

Field Notes From The Edge at Waterstones Shrewsbury, 20th August 2015 

 

In a collaborative performance with the remarkably innovative guitarist Michael Kwiatkowski, Paul Evans read passages from the book, then he and illustrator Maria Nunzia @Varvera signed copies bought. Many thanks to Tim Arblaster and Courtney Monkhouse at Waterstones for inviting and hosting the event and to all those who came for making it such a wonderful evening.

 

http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!20-august-waterstones-shrewsbury-/cng7

 

Twitter: Field Notes From The Edge @EvansFieldNotes 

Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 

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Commonplace Marvels, Guardian Country Diary - Paul Evans Wenlock Edge Shropshire

Commonplace Marvels, Guardian Country Diary - Paul Evans Wenlock Edge Shropshire | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

As if materialised from thin air, the beetles crowd upon the purple petals. The thistles are full of them. Along the path where dogs are walked, away from the reach of mowers, the weeds grow rank. Lush with rain and bold from neglect, the hogweeds, thistles, nettles and docks become a commonwealth of marvels.

 

High summer is house martins skimming over fine grasses on the hill meadow, where drifts of lady’s bedstraw smell of joss sticks in the evening and field scabious, restharrow, harebell and centaury shine. But high summer is also the coarse, rude weeds of the wayside: the commonwealth of the commonplace.

 

A couple of weeks ago, the hogweed flowers were erotic stages for common red soldier beetles. Now uncoupled, they fly to the ultraviolet beacons of the thistles. Soldier beetles, the orange, scarlet and khaki of polished seeds, are sleek and graceful. They often hunt aphids but have come to the opening thistle flowers to feed on nectar and pollen. They find the flowers jostling with pollen beetles. These animated black pips have emerged from underground. Their larvae grew inside flower buds then climbed down to earth to pupate. They’ve flown here in their hundreds for the pollen feast.

 

 

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What's new on Paul Evans' site: diary, ancient woodlands petition, found stories

What's new on Paul Evans' site: diary, ancient woodlands petition, found stories | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist Author, Poet, Broadcaster 

Ancient woodlands petition

"Give all ancient woodland statutory legal protection. In the UK it has been said that we are down to just 2% of our total land space covered by ancient woodland which is widely regarded as one of our most important wildlife habitats yet it's still under threat. If landowners don't protect this land they should be made to sell it to someone who will. Ancient woodland is an important store of seeds and invertebrates needed for potential rewildling & flood prevention as described by George Monbiot & the Woodland Trust in their various campaigns. While saplings have been planted in offsetting schemes, these young trees take a long time to reach maturity and the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that mature trees in ancient woodland can. It also requires a lot of work for these plantations to reach the same conservation value".
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Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world

Thrushling tests the edges of its hedge-world | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire The more it tries to blend in, the more noticeable it becomes. The bird looks as if it’s made from hedge
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Ironbridge Gorge As the reasons for the old power station’s cooling towers being there fade from memory, they become more enigmatic, more magical. 

Ironbridge Gorge As the reasons for the old power station’s cooling towers being there fade from memory, they become more enigmatic, more magical.  | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

The cooling towers of Buildwas power station rise behind trees beside the river Severn. They stand like monstrous mushrooms, eerily silent. I remember when they were built, I had friends who worked on their construction and heard tales of men who fell to their deaths from them. The towers rise hundreds of feet from the Ironbridge Gorge and were once cloud machines, drawing river water into the power station, turning it to steam by burning coal, driving turbines, forming clouds to drift away and condensing into rain inside the towers to return to the river, or so I understood. 



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Crow and the vernal egg

Crow and the vernal egg | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country diary: Much Wenlock It is hard to imagine any human culture not seeing some kind of symbolism in eggs – spring, rebirth, life emerging from chaos, fertility
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Monstrous Thing

Monstrous Thing | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

Dark, dangerous, repulsive ...a being thrown up from the deep...a monstrous thing... paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!monstrous-th… #books pic.twitter.com/MRqXdXWKJD

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Snipe are inspectors of rainstorms: Guardian Country Diary - Paul Evans

Snipe are inspectors of rainstorms: Guardian Country Diary - Paul Evans | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

Photograph by Maria Nunzia @Varvera 

 

The snipe are not skulking, they’re invisible. Six stand together in the rushes beside Venus Pool, six winged probes the colour of winter marshes, so extraordinarily beautiful they cannot be seen except for their eye glints.

 

When Henry David Thoreau looked back on his time of solitude at Walden Pond he confessed: “For many years I was the self-appointed inspector of … rainstorms and I did my duty faithfully.” Snipe are inspectors of rainstorms, rain and the journeys of rain through the land. This is the season of snipe, the glorious utopia of resurgent flood meadow they have dreamed of.

 

Paul Evans is author of: Herbaceous http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!herbaceous-/c1w28

 

and Field Notes From The Edge http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!field-notes-from-the-edge-/c1bm7

 

Twitter:  @DrPaulEvans1 

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Ivy club leaving do for the insect sodality

Ivy club leaving do for the insect sodality | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Hoverflies, greenbottles and wasps are drawn to the ivy flowers for a last-ditch nectar binge
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Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist : A leap of faith for a timeless being

Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist : A leap of faith for a timeless being | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

photograph by Maria Nunzia @Varvera

 

"The clocks have gone back for the winter and the salmon are leaping forward. It’s a fine October day: high cloud in a blue sky, a brassy glow in the trees. A couple of days of rain in the Welsh hills is now pouring over the weir. I join a small group of people holding phones and cameras, gathered at the railings of the weir, watching the water with rapt attention".

 

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Insects find lifeline in the busiest of busy lizzies

Insects find lifeline in the busiest of busy lizzies | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire Despite its invasive tendencies, Himalayan balsam is a useful food source for many insects
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Kronking ravens and flower oracles – our natural barometers?

Kronking ravens and flower oracles – our natural barometers? | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it
Country Diary: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire As I peer into the yarrow and gentians, thinking about changes in this strange season, a raven flies over - then the raindrops fall
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LAST MINUTE SHOUT OUT! Writing Workshop run by author and Guardian Country Diarist Paul Evans in Shropshire

LAST MINUTE SHOUT OUT! Writing Workshop run by author and Guardian Country Diarist Paul Evans in Shropshire | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

Still places available on wood-wandering writing workshop, to be held at Church Stretton Shropshire on Saturday 29 August. The Workshop is to be run by Paul Evans author of Field Notes From The Edge by Rider Books and Herbaceous published by Little Toller. Paul is also Guardian Country Diarist and writes about Wenlock Edge. To book a place - phone 01694 722113 -

For further information on Paul Evans visit:http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/


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Book reading & signing: Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans Waterstones Shrewsbury

Book reading & signing: Field Notes From The Edge by Paul Evans Waterstones Shrewsbury | Nature Writing for print and broadcast by Paul Evans | Scoop.it

Book reading and signing of Field Notes From The Edge Journeys Through Britain’s Secret Wilderness by Paul Evans published by Rider Book 

 

To be held on the 20 August 2015, at Waterston’s Shrewsbury, 18-19 High Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1SJ, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. 

 

Please find attached an invitation

RSVP by e-mail: fieldnotes.evans@aol.co.uk  

 

For further information about Paul’s book please go to the following site: http://www.paulevanswenlockedge.com/#!field-notes-from-the-edge-/c1bm7

 

 

 


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