Nick Hunt is a writer, storyteller and editor whose work explores the relationship between society and landscape. He is best known for two travel books. In Walking the Woods and the Water, Nick retraces Patrick Leigh Fermor’s seminal walk from Holland to Istanbul. In Where the Wild Winds Are, he walks the invisible pathways of four European winds - the Helm Bora, Foehn and Mistral - observing their impact on landscapes, people and culture. His third travel book, Outlandish: Walking Europe’s Unlikely Landscapes, will be published in May 2021. Nick also helps edit the journal of The Dark Mountain Project, a cultural movement in search of stories that can help us respond to the climate emergency with a 'hope beyond hope'.
Michal Iwanowski is a documentary photographer. He grew up in Poland but has been working and living in Wales since 2001. In 2018, for Go Home Polish, he walked 1900km from Wales to Poland, exploring the idea of 'home' in response to the Brexit debate and xenophobic graffiti he had seen in Wales. Sam chatted with Michal about the trip, his images, long-distance walking and home.
Jennie Savage is a public artist and curator who seeks to transform people’s perception of place. Her work takes many forms, from the personal to the political. Her projects include maps, audio walks, a bus tour, public interventions, a radio station, a cinema for the sea, publications, films and other online works. Sam spoke with her about her work, maps, the value of getting lost and exploring familiar UK places in new ways.
Maxwell Ayamba is an academic and journalist whose work focuses on environmental and racial justice. He also founded the Sheffield Environment Movement charity in 2016, to promote access and participation in the natural environment for people from black and ethnic minority communities. Here he reflects on the challenges of this work, both in a Sheffield and a UK context.