Behind ‘Looking, Large and Small’ – event with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Jessica J. Lee
Join nature writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee and novelist and illustrator Rowan Hisayo Buchanan for a peek behind the hedge at the process of creating Looking, Large and Small: an online resource which brings readers closer to the natural world around them.
Hear how Jessica and Rowan approach the natural world through their own writing and drawing, and how a year in lockdown inspired them to create a friendly and accessible digital resource for readers young and old to watch the magic of each season up close – from the unfurling leaf to the formation of fruit, and the beautiful patterns of frost in the colder months.
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Looking, Large and Small is part of Open Doors: a series of commissions and open submissions programmed by the National Centre for Writing, with support from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme.
About the artists
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of Harmless Like You and Starling Days. Her work has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Her illustrations have been featured by The Second Shelf Bookshop, The Literary Consultancy, Catapult Magazine, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Website
Jessica J. Lee is an author, environmental historian, and winner of the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the 2020 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She has written two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019) and has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and works as a researcher at the University of Cambridge. Image (c) Ricardo Rivas. Website