In case you missed Firelight or just want to remind yourself of the twilight talks – here's a reminder of stories told in the garden…
Banana peel rum? Closed loop cocktails? Upcycling spent gin botanicals? We meet the UK-based distillery owners, brands and even chemists experimenting with the possibilities of sustainable, zero-waste and carbon negative booze.
What helps you create? Whether it’s writing, drawing, shooting or even whittling, for so many of us, music makes the world go round. In fact, we couldn’t imagine working without it. Fascinated by how other creative souls get stuff done, we decided to unpick this causal connection by speaking to different creators about their practice, process and how music fuels their fire.
As icy mornings bring shivers, frosted windows and a longing for blanket warmth, it’s hard to believe that just two months ago we were racing into the Atlantic for a dawn dip.
Since then, we’ve been thinking about the role of the ocean in fiction, inspired by our At First Light talk on the sea and creativity. For author and At First Light speaker Tom Vowler, the sea represents a character, an atmosphere, a role that provides more than place, which interacts with the psychology of the characters: "More and more, my characters came to depend on the sea, or sought solace in the sea."
So we asked our League of Strangers for some recommendations…add these titles to your list for a dose of sea salt-infused reading.