Kathryn Aalto is an experienced speaker whose visually-rich, multi-media talks educate and inspire. Her energy, humor, and storytelling have made her an in-demand speaker everywhere from Ivy League universities to the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. She speaks extensively at arboretums, libraries, art and natural history museums, writing festivals, garden clubs, and book festivals. Enquires? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For corporate venues interested in after dinner talks, Kathryn is an Arts, History, and Literature speaker internationally represented by Chartwell Speakers which can be reached here. See her teaching page for courses on writing and design.
In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto takes readers on a journey through the natural world as seen from the perspective of 25 extraordinary women writers. Beginning with a journey up England’s tallest mountain in the Lake District in the footsteps of Dorothy Wordsworth, through two centuries of walking and writing, Writing Wild captures pioneering women who dared to lace up their boots and pick up their pens to make history and make their marks. Writing Wild celebrates women, both historical and current, whose influential nature writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization but share a bold authenticity that makes their work distinct and universal. Featured writers include:
- Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, and Vita Sackville-West
- Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Carolyn Merchant, and Annie Dillard
- Gretel Ehrlich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Lauret Savoy
- Rebecca Solnit, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Helen Macdonald, and Saci Lloyd
- Andrea Wulf, Camille T. Dungy, Elena Passarello, Amy Liptrot, and Elizabeth Rush
Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to head outdoors and start writing wild.(1-hour multimedia presentation with Q&A)
Keynote Speaker, Exeter College Prize Giving Ceremony, Exeter, England
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Speaker and Designer, “Creating Gardens with Narratives,” Ovid’s Garden Party, Winterbourne House & Garden, University of Birmingham, England
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Speaker, University of Redlands and Redlands Forum at the Esri Auditorium