Join Manchán Magan, Seán Hewitt and Amanda Thomson as they reflect upon the ways in which memoir and nature intertwine in their work. From the Swedish lakes to the pinewoods of Abernethy; through the bogs, rivers and mountains of Ireland, these three exquisite writers capture landscapes in unique ways, revealing the human stories that lie within the land. This event will explore the ways in which the personal interacts with the environment, and plumb the depths of what it means to be alive today.
Duration 1 hour
Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times, reports on travel for various radio programmes, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ & Travel Channel. His books Thirty-Two Words For Field and Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Words For Nature are acclaimed best-sellers. His latest book is Listen to the Land Speak. www.manchan.com
Seán Hewitt’s debut poetry collection Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020) won The Laurel Prize in 2021, and was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His memoir, All Down Darkness Wide (Jonathan Cape, 2022) won The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2022, and was shortlisted for Biography of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and for Foyles’ Book of the Year in Non-Fiction. His second collection of poems will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2024.
Amanda Thomson is a writer and visual artist who lives and works in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands and Glasgow, where she teaches at the Glasgow School of Art. She has a particular interest in landscapes and the natural world, and her curiosity about and love of the Scottish Highlands is the seam that runs through her art-making and writing. Her nature writing has been published in several magazines anthologies. Belonging, Natural Histories of Place, Identity and Home is published by Canongate Books, and is longlisted for the Highland Book Prize. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper’s Country Diary. Her website is: www.passingplace.com