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A Life With Birds

Esther Woolfson's daughter rescued a fledgling rook. That rook, named Chicken, has lived with the family ever since - along with a talking magpie named Spike and a crow named Ziki. A blend of memoir and natural history, this book brings Chicken and the others vividly to life.
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Field Notes From a Hidden City

An Urban Nature Diary

Against the background of austere and beautiful Aberdeen, Woolfson observes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year.
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Between Light and Storm

How We Live With Other Species


A landmark new book about the fraught relationship between humans and animals that takes us from Genesis to climate change.
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Summer

‘Here in the northeast of Scotland we tell ourselves that, after the privations of winter, we deserve a decent summer...read more

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Cold Vision


This illustrated anthology contains new work inspired by writing residencies at Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, undertaken in 2012 & 2013. Commissioned by Hexham Book Festival and published by New Writing North


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Cornerstones

Subterranean Writings, From Dartmoor to the Arctic Circle, Edited by Mark Smalley

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Trump in Scotland

‘One morning earlier this year my friend Dot and I drove north out of the city...read it here

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Chagall

Short story "Chagall' is in the Scottish Arts Council on-line short story archive
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The Guardian - The Long Read

August 2020
I must have been about four when we drove to buy a dog. The day is now only a haze of Sunday afternoon impressions of rain and...

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Between Light and Storm

How We Live With Other Species


A landmark new book about the fraught relationship between humans and animals that takes us from Genesis to climate change.

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Magpie

‘Once, he landed briefly on the kitchen scales when I was baking. He weighed less than half a cup of sugar...read more