Literary Hub

WATCH: Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, and Nicola Davies in Conversation

Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, and Nicola Davies in Conversation

The Hay Festival, now in its 21st year, brings writers and readers together in a free digital space of thoughtful conversation, storytelling, comedy, and family fun. This year, the Festival has been streamed live with a star-studded line-up of speakers and performers, and is currently available for public viewing.

Below, poet Robert Macfarlane joins artist and writer Jackie Morris in conversation about their collaboration The Lost Spells, a poetry collection that has been written to be read aloud. The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. And above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.

*
From the video:

Robert Macfarlane: There are two names on this book but there are dozens, really, that should be here. It’s a collaboration between between and Jackie but also  between so many readers, so many children, so many grownups, our designer, our editors. Like any book, it’s a misnomer to think of it as by any one or two people. But it is collaborative. I would typically send the spell or a whisper of a spell that Jackie beforehand would often serve me up with a shopping list. She always asked very nicely, and she has this very clever way of seeing things in my ideas and she’ll write her own sentences around the idea and they’re often the seed crystals that precipitate the first words or the first images in my mind. So her words beget my words and then I often my words head over to Jackie in an email or a WhatsApp.

For access to the Festival’s full archive, please visit hayfestival.org/hayplayer, and support their work at hayfestival.org/support-us.

The post WATCH: Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, and Nicola Davies in Conversation first appeared on Literary Hub.

Centres d'intérêt associés

Plus de Literary Hub

Literary Hub10 min de lecture
Finding An Unlikely Literary Figure on Tinder: Kurt Vonnegut
“Yes!” I squeal. “Exactly! Bukowski. That’s good.” We are milling under a weak spring sun outside a breakfast diner, postfeast. I’ve been enthralling Luca by telling her something weird about Tinder. All married friends like a good Tinder story. They
Literary Hub8 min de lecture
How KISS Became a Rock & Roll Phenomenon
Beginning in August 1974, KISS recorded two albums in quick succession. Hotter Than Hell, made in L.A., where producers Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise had moved, was a difficult birth for a number of reasons. First, the band’s stockpile of songs had ru
Literary Hub6 min de lecture
The Bounce Song That Launched a Thousand Bounce Songs
The last semester of eighth grade, right before my thirteenth birthday, my life changed for two reasons. One, the first Bounce song came out. And two? Well, we’ll get to that. Dances were the only part of school I took any pleasure in. It was January