The Wild Remedy, how nature mends us, published in 2019* is a detailed, self-illustrated diary of a year of Emma’s nature walks, accompanied by the science underpinning the mental health benefits of setting foot among trees, plants or on the shore.
The Wild Remedy is a Sunday Times Bestseller and was featured on BBC Springwatch 2020. Amy Liptrot, Wainwright prize-winning author of the Outrun says ‘Emma’s writing is precise, gorgeous and inspiring’, the Guardian calls it ‘excellent’ and Sue Perkins says ‘this is a beautiful, beautiful book and I can’t recommend it enough.’
Emma is working on a new book called Made Well about the scientifically proven mental health benefits of craft and creativity. It will be published in October 2022.
Making Winter began in the Autumn of 2011 on my previous blog, as a creative antidote to the seemingly incessant grey days between November and March. Creative activities, especially those that have a repetitive element such as yarn craft, drawing or embroidery, have been shown to decrease the levels of the stress hormone cortisol
The book that resulted from the Making Winter project, was published in 2017* is described by nature writer Robert Macfarlane as ‘creative, gorgeous, and inspiring’ and contains 24 seasonal craft projects and recipes designed to boost mood during the winter months. Many of the projects are nature-inspired and some need a brief winter walk to collect materials from woods or hedgerows. My hope is that the mood-boosting effect of immersal in making, combined with the benefits of contact with nature may help those who struggle in winter to enjoy the weeks between November and March.
Women on Nature is an anthology that gathers the voices of women from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries whose subject is the natural world in Britain, Ireland and the outlying islands of our archipelago. Alongside the traditional forms of the travelogue, the walking guide, books on birds, plants and wildlife, Women on Nature embraces alternative modes of seeing and recording that turn the genre on its head.
Edited by Katherine Norbury, this collection of nature writing by women presents a fresh vision of the natural world and is of unique importance in terms of women’s history. I was honoured to have been asked to contribute to this imnportant book. My essay on the effects of a woodland walk on my thoughts is called ‘The muntjac’.
*by Michael O’Mara