Winter Thoughts


Jane Lovell is an award-winning British poet whose work focuses on our relationship with the planet and its wildlife. Her latest collection is the prize-winning God of Lost Ways (Indigo Dreams Press). Jane also writes for Dark MountainPhotographers Against Wildlife Crime and Elementum Journal. She lives in Kent and is Writer-in-Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

 of geese 
 We watch them leave, dragging the sky
 like chevrons of tide around a pole,
 an updraft of invisible stars
 streaming behind them,
 ancient light infused with visions
 of their ancestors,
 now bone, or fragments of bone,
 trapped in ice:
 tiny flutes packed with frozen air.
 of whales
 Put your ear to the shore,
 your cheek against this rock;
 they are below you and above you.
 Hear them winding and unwinding
 their strange harmonies
 of waves and tides, laments
 woven by the sea dislocating
 arcs of bone.
 of caribou
 Startled, they circle downwind,
 tails and heads held high.
 Towards the lakes, paths narrow,
 force them to follow,
 mother and calf,
 its roaming eyes, unsteady hooves.
 With arrows and spears,
 we thrust and pierce hide.
 They buck and stumble,
 eyes roll skyward,
 the great heads swing and roar,
 stub-teeth yellow with lichen.
 When they fall, the hills shudder.
Hazel Authors

Hazel Quartet

Rootstalk by Ella Duffy.  Rootstalk is written in five voices, each of whose lives is shaped by the Ghost Orchid, one of the rarest wild orchids, which spends most of its life underground and flowers every decade or so.

Re-Dreaming Sylvia Plath as a Queen Bee by Sean Borodale.  In this essay, Borodale draws connections between Plath’s Ariel poems and the bee-science of her esteemed father and beekeeper, Otto Emil Plath.

Leaves by Matthew Hollis.  Thoreau wrote of fallen leaves, ‘they teach us how to die’.  This long poem, seven years in the making, explores loss and grief on the one hand; and new life on the other as it examines the relationship of a father and a daughter.

Field Notes by Anna Selby.  Akin to Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation, Anna Selby’s work takes us beneath the waves with poetic studies. Written on waterproof notebooks in the Atlantic Ocean, these notes were made underwater.

About Hazel Press

In respect of the environment, Hazel Press books are made as if they could come from a garden, using vegetable-based inks, 100% UK recycled paper, printed and designed locally. All our books are climate positive. We’ve chosen the name Hazel because it is a tree that thrives in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, is one of the most successful understorey and canopy trees, and provides food; wonder and beauty through catkins, and its wood is extraordinarily adaptable.

In The Nature Of

A Human Root Where All Journeys Meet

Ermias Kifleyesus was born and raised in Ethiopia where he became an artist. The British Council saw his work when he was still a teenager and awarded him a grant in 1997 to study at City and Guilds of London Art School which was the beginning of his life in Europe. He received his MA from HISK, Ghent, NA in 2009 and currently works and lives in Belgium with his partner and two sons. Ermias works alone and in collaboration, he makes drawings, paintings, sculptures installations, films, street art, interventions and investigates relationships between individuals, ideas and cultures. He is a city person who prowls the streets and flea markets for materials and inspiration as well as working with the energy of community and politics. Ermias is a man of dignity, joy, generosity and deep thought and he has a profound respect for history and loyalty. Belgium is lucky to have Ermias Kifleyesus as one of its citizens.

In The Nature Of

Fit To Love

Joan Edlis  is a Chicago born garden designer and artist who thinks about the connections between the immateriality of sound and the materiality of the world.  Her explorations include drawing, printmaking, objects, installations, video and sound. She has been awarded several residencies in places as diverse as Istanbul  Budapest and the extreme west of Ireland  These days Joan lives and works in Suffolk in an old pink cottage where she has created a superb garden of colour, scent and pleasures surrounded by a twelve foot high mixed hedge that is habitat for wild birds in all seasons. If you are visiting Joan it is not unusual to enjoy the swoop and cries of swifts who nest under roof tiles after looking for tadpoles in her minuscule pond while discussing the Latin names of rare plants that she has sourced and nurtured. Joan also grows impressively large pears, succulent strawberries and more. She is currently researching her cottage and village with the local history group.

In The Nature Of

That wild, that loving

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate and author who lives in Vermont, USA where she known as The Radio Pet Lady. Tracie is also the prize-winning author of seven books including The Cat Bible, The Dog Bible, Pregnancy and Childbirth. She is definitely a polymath, a woman of courage and independence, linguist, traveller, tennis and pickle ball player, storyteller, superb chef, all in all a person of action, honour and humour.  Listen to for all things related to pets and their people where one of her recent programmes was titled ‘Georgeous Reggae Music for Dogs (and us!) During Covied 19’.

In The Nature Of

Indian Summer

Judy Allen is looking at a new plant, in a place where she’s always grown things she’s never grown before. She shares how this year has been a year of learning, of the balance and space between virtual platforms, technology; and tending the same patch of earth for the past 40 years.

In The Nature Of

I Come To The Sea

Sue Burge walks along Cromer beach, into her inspiration

Writer, Mentor and Tutor

In The Nature Of

Building From The Fields

Punching straw, the love of soil, and how waste can become a resource

This year, Julia Wilson has spent her holiday heaving straw bales to help with a natural build in south Devon. In the background you can hear a straw bale barn being constructed.

Julia mentions all the wonderful things on the planet, of which she is one: she’s studied horticulture, closed-loop systems, circular economics; she’s a feminist, thinker, doer, architect, environmentalist, and teller of giddy jokes.

In The Nature Of

New Weather Comes To Me From His Mountain

Pause a moment and listen to how a storm gathers over the New Mexico desert with Lavinia Currier and her three dogs surrounded by pinon and juniper trees. Currier became a passionate environmentalist around the age of ten and has spent the last fifty years defending and trying to preserve our planet. She is also a poet, filmmaker, fearless horsewoman, rancher and more – a true woman of the wilds – she divides her time between New Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii and Virginia. 

In The Nature Of

Mama’s Pissed

Portland: on the 63rd day of the Wall of Moms & Black Lives Matter protests

As a puppetmaker, woodworker and storyteller Shere Coleman creates small worlds that enhance the world. She is also an exponent of Feng Shui, a political and environmental activist and a wonderful friend who delights in laughter and adventure. Here she is at work deadheading roses on a hillside above the city of Portland, Oregon where BLM demonstrations and all manner of freedoms are being defended and honoured by Coleman herself,  the Wall of Moms and  many remarkable local citizens.