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Litfest Springfest: Paul Evans 7pm, Jackie Morris 8.15pm

Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster LA1 1JN
Lancaster Litfest

Springfest features 4 authors writing on the natural world - each in their own way

  • Kathleen Jamie - Friday 23rd March 7pm
  • Jim Crumley - Friday 23rd March 8:15pm
  • Paul Evans - Saturday 24th March 7pm
  • Jackie Morris – The Lost Words - Saturday 24th March 8:15pm

The Springfest weekend begins tonight with a double bill with a distinctly Scottish flavour…  First we have award-winning poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie, possessing a poet’s eye and a naturalist’s affinity for the wold places of the world . Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.

The second half of this Scottish double bill welcomes prolific nature writer Jim Crumley. The author of the much loved (and recently reprinted!) The Company of Swans has led a long and varied career including journalism, Radio and TV work. But throughout he continues to delight his readers with many new publications. The latest of these is the second in his seasons quartet—The Nature of Winter.

Saturday evening features Field Notes from the Edge, as the acclaimed writer of the Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’, Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible. Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty. Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans’s place among our leading nature writers today.

Much-loved and award winning illustrator Jackie Morris will talk about her latest book The Lost Words. Inspired by the words that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Jackie’s response was the creation of a large format, illustrated book of spells based around these words. Jackie will talk about the inspiration behind the idea for The Lost Words, the process of collaborating with author Robert MacFarlane and give a glimpse into the creation of a book that speaks with eloquence and lyricism about our relationship with both landscape and language.

Sprinfest takes place at the Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX (Friday) and Waterstones Lancaster King St (Saturday)

Tickets:  £12/£10 per event or special offer Springfest combos - £20/£16 for two events £36/£32 for four events

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: Online here (Single event ticket) or here (Springfest Combo tickets). In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres. By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808