Eco Essais

I have developed and taught courses on ecological thinking and eco-poetry for The University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education and at Camp Creative, Bellingen.
I write ecopoetry and ecophilosophy. As Poet in Residence at the Macleay Museum, working with the staff & collections of this natural history/anthropology museum, I had an opportunity to write a public poetry, one rich and complex but also accessible without ‘dumbing down’. Such an environment gives poetry a context for people who rarely encounter this artform.

Walking – the bush flaneur

 

How to begin – a nature diary published in Wild Times

Each walk stands unique, we walk differently, some as if looking through a window, some study the ground, but we are porous to the scents and sounds, and the texture of ground.

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How can we learn Aldo Leopold’s ‘alphabet of natural objects’?

How can we learn Aldo Leopold’s ‘alphabet of natural objects’?

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Slow Art of Bushwalking

Slow Art of Bushwalking Extracts from a dawn walk and talk on the track in the Dorrigo World Heritage rainforest for the 2011 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival   On July 4, 1845, Henry Thoreau left Concord to live in a cabin he built on the edge of Walden Pond, on property his friend and […]

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How to begin 2013?

How to begin? The first 17 days of 2013 [The strange thing after I had written this piece (runner up in the Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize, March 2013) [After completing these entries I looked over the photographs I took on these days and they show that another hundred or more parallel texts are […]

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Mapping Place

Mapping or . . . . a nature and place-sensitive society

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An ecopoetic

I suggest that writing with an ecological intent and teaching such writing should begin with personal experience.

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