North Country

Karen Lloyd

Karen Lloyd is a writer of non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. She has contributed to the Guardian Country Diary and the Royal Geographical Society magazine and is a features writer for BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines. The editor of Curlew Calling Anthology, she works at both regional and local levels on the urgent need for curlew restoration. Karen is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets, gained a distinction in her Creative Writing M.Litt at Stirling University and is a 2019 Read Regional awardee. Both The Gathering Tide and The Blackbird Diaries won Lakeland Book Awards and were selected as books of the year, in the Observer and the Birdwatcher’s Handbook.

North Country

An anthology of landscape and nature

by Karen Lloyd

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  • ISBN: 9781913393403
  • Publication date: October 27, 2022

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“Curlews give their liquid, burbling call, a call of pure happiness, the music of the fells.” Ella Pontefract, 1936, Wensleydale

The North of England abounds with beauty, from unspoiled beaches in Northumberland to the dramatic Lakeland Fells, for so long celebrated by writers and artists. Wide estuaries, winding rivers, sheer cliffs, rushing waterfalls, ancient woodland, limestone pavements, and miles of hedgerows and drystone walls sustainably built and rebuilt over centuries – all form part of its rich heritage.

But these are, too, contested and depleted landscapes. Today the curlew’s call is isolated, and many other species are in decline. Industry, urban sprawl and climate chaos threaten our environment on a previously unimagined scale. And while stereotypes persist – of dark satanic mills or “bleak” moorland – the imperative of conservation is all too often overlooked for short-term economic interests.

This essential volume reminds us how and why Northern people have risen to the challenge of defending their open spaces, demanding action on pollution and habitat loss. Contemporary writers including Sarah Hall, Lee Schofield, Benjamin Myers and Lemn Sissay take their place alongside those who wrote in previous centuries. Together, the voices in this one-of-a-kind anthology testify that North Country is a place apart.