In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto—the bestselling author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh—explores the important work of 25 women whose nature writing shapes the way we read the landscape. Starting with Dorothy Wordsworth, whose writing was a huge influence on her more famous brother William, and progressing through current names both familiar and not, Aalto profiles a diverse mix of women whose contributions to the world of nature writing have left an indelible mark. Featured writers include Gene Stratton-Porter, Vita Sackville-West, Mary Austin, Gretel Ehrlich, Lauret Savoy, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Elizabeth Rush and many more. Writing Wild is beautiful nature writing about nature writing, and a gentle rebuke of the traditional, all-male line-up. But more importantly, it’s a celebration of beautiful writing, the nature it captures, and the legacy it left or is still shaping. Publication date April 14, 2020.
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The setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh, garden historian Kathryn Aalto explores how this magical place inspired A. A. Milne to create the cherished tales that not only remain relevant, but wildly popular today. Celebrating the intersection between literature and landscapes, Aalto takes readers into a journey of the places, plants, and people who inspired the stories. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, original colour photographs by Kathryn, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical but very real place they call home.
“Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh provides an intimate look into the magic and inspirations behind Milne’s stories, while reminding us of the joy children experience through nature.” — Richard Louv, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
A limited edition book, Nature and Human Intervention details the process behind the 2011 Laurent-Perrier Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal garden, a collaboration between three acclaimed artists-garden designer Luciano Giubbilei, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,and sculptor Peter Randall-Page. Essays by Kathryn Aalto.
Captured in 250 colour photographs by Steve Wooster and Allan Pollock-Morris, the book shows how artists, craftsmen, and suppliers worked together to expose, highlight, and craft beauty from Nature. “We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of our experience and expression,” says Luciano Giubbilei. “Yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment– a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and when we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.”