Nature In Colour: An Earth Day book list
We feel blood coming and going/ says my guide in roots/ that ruins cover"
from 'The Land' by Jason Allen-Paisant
Our place in different landscapes, the ties between us and the non-human world, and how these connections are viewed, controlled or depicted, are all framed by structural oppression and bias. So called nature writing remains dominated by white, often male, writers.
For this reason, it's all the more important to remember that writing about non-human nature, environment and climate, is as complex an eco-system as any. Although some voices may be platformed more than others, there are many others doing the beautiful and difficult work of questioning and connecting. Writers of colour have long challenged confining models for what it means to write 'about' nature, bringing interdependence and resistance to the fore.
These are only a few of our favourite writers who excel at this - a place to start. For new, exciting and diverse writing about nature, we also recommend that you follow the Nan Shepherd Prize, a biennial literary prize for underrepesented voices in nature writing.
Do also keep your eyes peeled for a new Lighthouse book group coming your way; Nature in Colour starts in June. For updates, sign up to the Lighthouse newsletter!