Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.
Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.
Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.
Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.
PAUL EVANS spent many years as a gardener working in rose nurseries, graveyards, historic gardens in Wales and a botanical garden in New York. He is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning playwright, best known for his ‘Country Diary’ in The Guardian and various natural history programmes and drama- documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Paul has also been a performance poet, a nature conservationist, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is currently a lecturer at Bath Spa University. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.
Published by Little Toller Books on May 12th 2014
210 x 156mm, hardback Price: £12 isbn 978-1-908213-16-7
Jacket over foiled boards,112 pages on 90gsm
Munken paper Jacket and internal illustration by Kurt Jackson
Author Paul Evans @DrPaulEvans1 Little Toller Publisher @LittleToller Illustrations @KurtJacksonArt
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The Fourth Dip Shropshire event is set in the spectacular grounds of the Clun Castle, on the banks of the very special River Clun.
We kick off the day at 11am with a DIP in the Clun River.
Followed by a locally produced and made lunch provided by Grow, Cook, Learn.
Then, at around 1pm we have the incredibly talented nature writer Paul Evans who will be leading a workshop which is all about discovering the natural habitats, and variety of the creatures that reside above and below water. Paul will be helping people to write about what they have experienced and discovered in an adventurous creative writing workshop.
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Our Lead Artist Andrew Fusek Peters will be then giving a reading from his Book Dip, and we will show the short film of Andrew and his wild swimming adventures.
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Secret Garden Show Royal Horticultural Society London 6 July
Special for this month, visitors can enter the Magical Poetry Yurt and listen to poet and Guardian columnist Paul Evans reading poems about plants from his new book Herbaceous, published by Little Toller Books.
Herbaceous by Paul Evans is published by Little Toller Books and illustrated by Kurt Jackson.
Herbaceous is the first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.
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