While film, documentary and contemporary art are increasingly popular media for the communication of competing arguments about environmental change in the twenty-first century, literature and the written word remain among the most telling and persuasive of representational forms. Texts still fire the imagination, and give pause for thought. Cultural commentators have given widespread notice of a recent resurgence in nature writing and its recollection of a longer British literary tradition of natural history writing and popular field science (see for example Granta 2008; Archipelago 2009).


This literature can be comfortably aligned with environmental writing that figures events in the living world, either microscopic or macroscopic, as harbingers for significant change on a global scale, so conjoining human history and natural history (see, for example, Granta 2003; McIntosh 2009).


As such creative environmental writing works with an old language, but constructs a new literary landscape for writers and readers.  It is of critical interest not only for its appealing qualities of language and voice, but for its potential to energise and politicise a wider public readership concerned by environmental issues.



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