I’m a writer living beside the Prespa Lakes in northwestern Greece, the first transboundary park in the Balkans. Shared with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the lake basin is home to a rich range of people and languages, mammals and birds, wild flowers and habitats. It is a place of great diversity. After stints as organic market-gardeners and makers of homemade jams, my wife and I now earn a living monitoring vulnerable, upland bird species where wind farms have been built or proposed. I’m also a keen walker and amateur naturalist, easily distracted from my desk by the wonders to be discovered while out and about.
My book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, won the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction, described by the judge Terry Tempest Williams as “a tapestry of embodied stories born out of the intimate wisdom of sweat and hunger and an earthly intelligence.” I’m deeply honoured by both the award and her generous, spirited words. The book was published in 2013 by the University of Georgia Press and in 2014 it won a National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature.
My next nonfiction book, entitled Irreplaceable, which celebrates those imperilled places and wild species that are increasingly vanishing from our world, alongside the extraordinary resistance to such losses from local communities, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in 2018/19.
Other fiction and non-fiction have appeared, or are forthcoming, in EarthLines, Kyoto Journal, Beloit Fiction Journal, The Briar Cliff Review, Wild Apples, Flyway, The Redwood Coast Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Silk Road Review, Three Coyotes and Southern Humanities Review, amongst others. I’ve recently finished a collection of short stories called All the Places We Never Went.
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