Rob Cowen in Conversation with Amy-Jane Beer

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In the last two years, millions of people have turned to nature for comfort, inspiration, and even for healing.  How will this almost universally shared but deeply personal experience be reflected in nature writing - one of Britain's fastest growing literary genres?  Naturalist and write Amy-Jane Beer talks to Rob Cowen, whose raw, devastating, but hope filled collection of poetry The Heeding provided a stunning follow up award-winning Common Ground.

The Heeding paints a picture of a year caught in the grip of history, yet filled with revelatory perspectives close at hand: a sparrowhawk hunting in a back street; the moon over a town with a loved-one's hand held tight; butterflies massing in a high-summer yard - the everyday wonders and memories that shape a life and help us recall our own.  Across four seasons and thirty five luminous poems and illustrations, Rob Cowen and Nick Hayes lead us on a journey that takes its markers and signs from nature and a world filled with fear and pain but beauty and wonder too.  Collecting birds, animals, trees and people together, The Heeding is a profound meditation to a time no-one will forget.

Rob is the star and its about the poetry but more - there will be readings from the book too.  Rob Cowen is an awarding-winning writer and author of the acclaimed Common Ground.  In 2012 he won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors for his first book Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild.  His second book, Common Ground, was shortlisted for the Portico Literary Prize, Richard Jefferies Society Prize and the 2016 Wainwright Prize, as well as selected as a 'Book of the Year' in the Times, the Independent, the Sunday Express and featuring in the Guardian's Top Ten Readers' Choice.  In 2018 it was voted 3rd in a BBC poll to find Britain's favourite nature book.  Common Ground has been translated into German, released in America and adapted into a live music and spoken word show with Nancy Kerr and Martin Simpson.  Rob writes for the New York Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph and the Guardian, and has created radio documentaries for the BBC.  The Heeding was shortlisted for Richard Jefferies Society Prize 2021 and The Books Are My Bag Award 2021.

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