Surrendering herself to the elements, immersing herself in oral history, walking, swimming and foraging, Zwamborn settles into her new home on the southern tip of the Isle of Mull. Through poems, letters, essays, drawings, maps and photographs, she guides the reader past volcanic eruptions, millennia-old bogs, abandoned farms, Celtic rainforests, fluctuating mudflats, and an all-encompassing sky. Zwamborn comes into contact with a multitude of organisms and sketches their fascinating connections. She writes about the power of nature, enthralling sea creatures, twisted oaks and beached whales, as well as the complex relationships between the islanders.

Miek Zwamborn
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‘She doesn’t try to actively convert anyone but Miek Zwamborn’s story about her self-sufficient existence on the Isle of Mull gently invites you to think about whether your life could be more sustainable.’

Miek Zwamborn
Miek Zwamborn (b. 1974) is a conservationist, poet, artist and writer. Her work in the Scottish Hebrides involves running a project to explore the natural environment with scientists, designers and artists. Her previous book, 'The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook' was published by Profile Books, Greystone, and Matthes & Seitz.
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