24th / 25th / 26th May 2019, Trefresa Farm, Cornwall

Lucy Wood & Ben Smith

Sunday, Talks Barn


We’re thrilled to welcome Lucy and Ben to the farm to talk together. Lucy writes about Cornwall and how the area has infused and informed her work. Ben writes environmental literature, he looks at how climate change has influenced both his work and the wider world of literature.

Lucy Wood is the author of three books – Diving Belles, her critically acclaimed collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore, the novel Weathering, set in a valley beside the River Teign, and her latest book, The Sing of The Shore. A collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore, The Sing of The Shore is about hauntings in North Cornwall and the uncanniness of Cornwall in the off season. It takes its name from the phrase in Cornish used by local sea goers to describe the sound made by waves breaking against the shore and thus giving the experienced fishermen an indication where they are when fog or darkness make land invisible. Lucy has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also been awarded the Holyer an Gof Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in creative writing from Exeter University. She lives in Cornwall.

Ben Smith is an author and lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, specializing in environmental literature, focusing particularly on oceans, waste and the ‘Anthropocene’, relating to human impact on geology. He is one of the founding editors of The Clearing, a magazine about landscape and place. His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies and his debut novel Doggerland, about loneliness and hope, nature and survival, set on an off-shore wind farm in the not too distant future, has been described as Melissa Harrison as ‘The Road meets Waiting For Godot. Powerful, unforgettable, unique.'