Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


WildLines: nature on the page – wild writing then and now

WildLines at The Leeds Library is a three-day programme of talks, readings and Q&As that will bring some of the UK’s leading writers and thinkers on nature to the wonderful Leeds Library, the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK.

The Library’s collections of nature writing encompass everything from illustrated 17th-century herbals to the works of the great Victorian naturalists to the most exciting modern-day chroniclers of nature and landscape.

Where better to explore and celebrate those places where the written word collides with the wild world?

Nature On The Page: Wild Writing Then And Now

An expert panel of writers and naturalists will explore the process of putting our experience of the natural world down on paper. Who gets to write about nature, and why? Is there a place for politics in nature writing? Does the north have the nature-writing it deserves? And why does nature writing matter? Audience members will have a chance to weigh in, too. This is sure to be a lively and fascinating discussion.

  • Maren Meinhardt, natural history editor at the Times Literary Supplement and author of a new biography of the great naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, A Longing for Wide and Unknown Things.
  • Professor Kate Oakley, Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds.
  • Stephen Rutt, writer, photographer, naturalist and birder. Stephen is the prose editor for Zoomorphic and his first book, The Seabirds: a British Journey, is forthcoming with Elliott and Thompson.
  • Rebecca Machin, Curator of Natural Science at Leeds Museum Discovery Centre.

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