Writing and walking with Madeleine Bunting & Chris Stewart, Guest Neil Ansell

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Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness IV4 7HT, UK

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27 Jun - 2 Jul, 2022

Taking advantage of Moniack Mhor’s beautiful setting, this course will take you out into the hills and glens around the centre, using the landscape and local history to inspire some great new writing. Back at the centre your tutors will lead workshops and tutorials, providing you with the tools to craft your experiences into engaging writing, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. A good, general level of fitness is required for participants on this course.

Madeleine Bunting is the prize winning author of five works of non-fiction, most recently Labours of Love which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2021. She has also written two novels, including Ceremony of Innocence which came out in July 2021. Previous titles include Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey which was shortlisted for The Saltire Prize and Island Song, She is a regular essayist on BBC Radio Three, with series recently on ritual, care, attention and home. She was a columnist and associate editor at The Guardian until 2013. She teaches creative writing on Cambridge’s Continuing Education programme and is a Visiting Professor at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. She lives near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Chris Stewart grew up in Sussex where, having taken a gap year between school and university, he worked on farms and as a sheep shearer. This he liked so much that he abandoned the idea of university and got stuck into reading the books he wanted to read. Round about the middle of the road of life he moved to a farm in the mountains of Andalucía, where he was persuaded – against his better judgement – to write a book about his experiences. The book, Driving Over Lemons, was rather successful. Thus he discovered his vocation and has since published a further four titles.

As a young man, Neil Ansell spent years hitchhiking around the world, visiting over fifty countries, including two years spent working as a forestry worker in Sweden. Back home, he has worked with homeless people – and experienced homelessness himself – before working for BBC television, specialising in undercover investigations and secret filming. He is now the author of three nature and travel memoirs detailing experiences such as spending five years alone in a remote cottage without services in the hills of mid-Wales. His most recent book, The Last Wilderness was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize for nature writing and The Highland Book Prize.

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