19th, Mar 2017

Nicholas Cage delivers his elevator pitch to Meryl Streep in Adaptation (2002).


03rd, Feb 2017

Uganda is home to spectacular birds. The country’s location in central eastern Africa accounts in part for its extraordinary diversity, with over 1,000 species recorded in a landmass the size of the UK.

09th, Dec 2016

In literature place has become a category of definition and an aesthetic subject in its own right.

01st, Oct 2016

‘There is no real life. It’s always the story of your life that you’re living.”

                                                                            – Aleksander Hemon

30th, Jul 2016

The effect of the recent Brexit vote on Britain’s nature policy hardly seems to be at the top of anyone’s list of post-referendum worries. In the news there has been scant attention given to the prospect of the withdrawal of EU legislation to protect the environment.

27th, May 2016

Steve Waters, my colleague at UEA, and I have assembed a cast of talented writers and actors to mount a site-specific, open-air theatre experiment at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Strumpshaw Fen reserve in Norfolk.

29th, Feb 2016

For the last six weeks at UEA we’ve been fortunate to have Tim Parks as UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor.

31st, Jan 2016

In March 2016 I will publish Ice Diaries - an Antarctic memoir. It's a book about ice and its properties, both emotional and physical - a tale of ice and the polar regions and a travelogue filtered through a personal climate change story.

21st, Dec 2015

Christmas is upon us, and this year I’ve been given two memoirs as gifts: Instrumental by James Rhodes and M Train by Patti Smith.

20th, Nov 2015

It is late November in London. The sun rises at around 7.20am and sets around 4pm, giving those of us who live on the latitude 52.15 degrees North just over eight and a half hours of light each day.