Saturday, 17 May 2014

Melinda Appleby and Lois Williams to read at our Garden Festival

Our garden festival – Art, Gardens And Words – is just a week away and now we have our programme finalized we have put it on our dedicated garden page for your information, so you can see who is appearing when.

Melinda and Lois will read their writings about nature early in the afternoon.

Melinda is an East Anglian writer who is fascinated by connections between historic uses of land, its nature and culture and our relationship with it. Throughout her career as an adviser in agriculture and environment, she worked to create richer landscapes. After winning Country Living's Best Writer Award in 2011, Melinda decided to focus on her creative writing, enrolling on the Wild Writing MA course at Essex University.

Having written factual environmental articles for magazines and journals, she now writes occasional 'wild notes' for the Wildeasters website, provides creative landscape copy for the Waveney and Blyth Arts forum and has had poems published in a fenland anthology and Earthlines. She specialises in nature writing that explores connections to place and time.

Lois grew up along the Wash coast and travelled widely, teaching English in university and community writing programmes in the US. Her poems and essays have appeared in many venues, including Verse Daily, New England Review, Antiphon, and Granta. She is busy completing a book of stories, The Invention of Home, from which “The House of Provisions” was awarded a notable essay listing in Best American Essays 2009. She lives in Norfolk, working as a freelance writer and visual artist, and volunteering with ecology and habitat restoration projects.

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