Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)

“I am…an old silkworm spinning his cocoon. It is not a hundredth the size of the house of my middle years. As I complained my way through life, each passing year has added to my age, and each move reduced my dwelling.” After living through fire, famine and earthquake, Kamo no Chōmei (鴨 長明, 1155–1216) made in… Read More Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)

Wild Patience Diaries: Wrestling Trees (After Whitman, Following Illness)

“Dear soothing, healthy, restoration-hours––after three confining years of paralysis––after the long strain of the war, and its wounds, and death” Walt Whitman After each hard and slow return to the world I’ve had to make after serious illness, I turn always on my first days back up (as again now, after ten days with Covid-19… Read More Wild Patience Diaries: Wrestling Trees (After Whitman, Following Illness)

Interview with Wealden Literary Festival

Tanya Shadrick, writer-in-residence for the 2019 Wealden Literary Festival, recommends essential texts and other tips for aspiring writers. Is there one work of writing about the natural world that has had the biggest impact on you? After my near-death at 33, the book that became talismanic was Matsuo Bashō’s 16th century travelogue and haiku collection The… Read More Interview with Wealden Literary Festival