Supported by the RSL, Royal Society of Literature, Literature Matters Award
Nature writer Anita Sethi has been awarded an RSL Literature Matters Award to run I Belong Here nature writing workshops and establish the Northern Nature Writers Network for northern writers of colour and those from low-income backgrounds. This will culminate in a series of readings and podcasts, working in partnership with northern festivals, bookshops and organisations. Free books will be given to workshop participants, thanks to I Belong Here foundation patron, Paula Hawkins.
To sign up for a free place, see below.
Anita also runs writing workshops for other organisations around the UK and globally; for more info or to request a booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilkley Literature Festival – Sunday 3rd October 2021, 11am -1pm. In person workshop.
Manchester Literature Festival – Sunday 10th October 2021, 11am-1pm. In person workshop
Sheffield, Off the Shelf festival – Monday 18th October, 11am-1pm. In person workshop.
“In the UK nature writing is still an overwhelmingly monocultural literary field. Yet the past year has shown more than ever why nature matters to all of us.
I was racially abused on a train travelling through the North. The man who racially abused me told me to go back to where I’m from – but this is where I’m from. I’m from the North. In my first book I Belong Here I chronicle my epic journey walking hundreds of kilometres through the glorious natural landscapes of the North, the Pennines, known as the backbone of Britain, as well as through urban areas, and explore nature, identity, mental health and belonging.
I now want to help as many people as possible find a sense of belonging in nature, and also to feel that their story belongs in books and literature – and so I’m running a series of free nature writing workshops as well as getting free books to those who can’t afford them.”
– Anita Sethi